Monday, November 24, 2008

H.L. Mencken --"Sage of Baltimore"

Tait Trussel of the Saturday Evening Post takes an inside look at the late H. L. of my favorites.

Henry Louis Mencken was a libertarian before that term came into use. The frequent targets of his writing were New Deal politics, social reformers, "boobs and quacks," and "gaudy sham." But he was not all negativity. He loved the music of Beethoven, Brahms, and Bach, and the writings of Mark Twain and other famed writers.
My favorite quote attributed to Mencken? That's simple:

"I believe in only one thing: liberty; but I do not believe in liberty enough to want to force it upon anyone."