What is Menckenism?

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.

Henry Louis “H. L.” Mencken (September 12, 1880 – January 29, 1956) was an American journalist, essayist, magazine editor,satirist, critic of American life and culture, and a scholar of American English.

Menckenism is a philosophy of cynical detachment that is “not a sour nihilism, not a Galt’s Gulch heroism, not a next-life religiosity, but a joyful celebration of the here and now that revels in the madness of crowds and the charlatans that lead them, even as the deluge threatens to engulf us all.”

To read more about my conversion to Menckenism and perhaps join me on this journey, see: Chronicling the Decline and Fall of Entitlement Democracy.


One Response to “What is Menckenism?”


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