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H.L. Mencken on Good Politicians
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Originally published February 22nd, 2010
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"If experience teaches us anything at all it teaches us this: that a good politician, under democracy, is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar. His very existence, indeed, is a standing subversion of the public good in every rational sense. He is not one who serves the common weal; he is simply one who preys upon the commonwealth."

 

 

 

 

H. L. Mencken, "The Politician" Prejudices: A Selection (4th Series, 1924)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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