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IPFS News Link • Philosophy: Political

Mencken Was Right, as Usual

• LewRockwell
What the common man longs for in this world, before and above all his other longings, is the simplest and most ignominious sort of peace- the peace of a trusty in a well-managed penitentiary. He is willing to sacrifice everything else to it. He puts it above his dignity and he puts it above his pride. Above all, he puts it above his liberty. The Fact, perhaps, explains his veneration for policemen, in all the forms they take- his belief that there is a mysterious sanctity in law, however absurd it may be in fact.

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Comment by Rocky Frisco
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We have been predisposed, by 200,000 years of prehistory and evolution, to obey and follow psychopaths and bullies. The possibility of weilding power over others tends to attract these same sociopaths and bullies. Bullies with badges and guns, supported and empowered by politicians and judges, destroy peace and tranquility. What's new about this?

Comment by Charzhome S.
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Ah yes, it's so good to be above the common riffraff...(Sniff)!