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Quotation of the Day…

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… is from pages 115-116 of the 1997 Johns Hopkins University Press edition of H.L. Mencken’s 1956 collection, Minority Report [2]:

Patriotism, though it is based upon the natural and indeed instinctive love of home, has been elevated in the modern world into an unparalleled congeries of imbecilities.  What it demands of the individual citizen, as a practical matter, is that he yield not only his judgment but also his property and even his life to whatever gang of scheming politicians happen to be in power.

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