Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on January 26, 2018

in Nanny State

… is from the on-line version of the incomparable H.L. Mencken’s 1918 Damn! A Book of Calumny:

The loud, preposterous moral crusades that so endlessly rock the republic – against the rum demon, against Sunday baseball, against Sunday moving-pictures, against dancing, against fornication, against the cigarette, against all things sinful and charming – these astounding Methodist jehads offer fat clinical material to the student of mobocracy.  In the long run, nearly all of them must succeed, for the mob is eternally virtuous, and the only thing necessary to get it in favor of some new and super-oppressive law is to convince it that that law will be distasteful to the minority that it envies and hates.


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