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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 132 of the 2009 edition of H.L. Mencken’s brilliant 1926 Notes on Democracy:

Why should democracy rise against bribery?  It is itself a form of wholesale bribery.  In place of government with a fixed purpose and a visible goal, it sets up a government that is a mere function of the mob’s vagaries, and that maintains itself by constantly bargaining with those vagaries.