H.L. Mencken on what the government fears most

April 28, 2013 by History in a Hurry

The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic personally he is very apt to spread discontent among those who are.

-H.L. Mencken, Smart Set (December 1919)

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/H.L._Mencken

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