H.L. Mencken Archives - The American Spectator | USA News and Politics
by | Jun 28, 2022

This past weekend, the Republican Party of Louisiana held a two-day event titled Victory 2022, which was a combination policy confab, candidate showcase, and political pep rally. Over 1,000 attendees were there, and by all means it was a success….

by | Feb 2, 2021

Every now and then insight strikes like a bolt from the blue, and suddenly everything is clear. That’s how it hit me on a recent rainy morning: Democrats have no faith in the democratic process. They seem to believe, with…

by | Jan 30, 2020

When the United Kingdom exits the European Union late on Friday, Brexit will be hailed as a victory for British democracy. Three times Britons voted to leave the EU and “take back control”: in June 2016, when the Leave campaign…

by | Apr 17, 2019

Every now and then, I do something “risky” and illegal, to remind myself what it was like when we were still relatively free. I roll one of my old bikes out of the garage and take it for a ride around…

by | Mar 8, 2019

Do blame me, I’m from Massachusetts. The commonwealth ranks as the most intolerant state in the U.S. Don’t blame me too much, though. I live in Worcester County, tied for the most tolerant county in Massachusetts. Sure, nationwide it’s in…

by | Apr 5, 2018

Sacramento As civilization “grows more maudlin and hysterical” it tends “to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes,” argued H.L. Mencken. He added that “the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to…

by | Aug 1, 2017

A writer friend and I were email rapping on the current state of journalism, and the general worthlessness of j-school degrees. He suggested reporting may have been better when reporters had not gone to college, mentioning H.L. Mencken. In my reply I…

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