Notes on Democracy #2020

Notes on Democracy H.L. Mencken Notes on Democracy The perfect book for the elections and beyond Democracy is based on propositions that are palpably not true

  • Title: Notes on Democracy
  • Author: H.L. Mencken
  • ISBN: 9780977378814
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Paperback
  • Notes on Democracy H.L. Mencken The perfect book for the 2012 elections and beyond Democracy is based on propositions that are palpably not true
    Notes on Democracy H.L. Mencken

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    1. Another reviewer made a point that everyone who reads this will agree and think that they are part of the non mob rabble that makes democracy so terrible That is probably true The same reviewer, or maybe it was another, blames this book for not offering a viable solution to the problems of democracy, which is kind of weird to damn Mencken for since he is pretty clear about not offering anything better, and going against the current that holds that if you can t come up with some way to fix whatev [...]

    2. Who is H.L Mencken and why am I just now reading him This book is genius I started highlighting passages I liked but then realized nearly every page was marked in florescent pink I m not going to say this book is for everyone but it is definitely for those of us out there that watch the news and listen to certain groups or leaders thinking, Seriously are there people out there buying this Then we come into contact with those who are in fact subscribing whole heartily to an idiotic brainless exis [...]

    3. Can you believe some twats on Abebooks and want 25 for this book Jesus, I have never payed over 25 for anything besides rent and a large bulk order of Minoxidil from that I get monthly Anyways, the book is lacking substance, he uses pompous condescending language trademark of Mencken I think if he and I got in an argument, he would constantly call me stupid and a dumb dumby mcdumber , which of course, I would stare blankly at him and nod pathetically in agreement because I lack a spine and any c [...]

    4. We are so proud that this was Dissident Books first release and that it turned out so well H L Mencken s words are as shocking and challenging perhaps so as they were when Notes was first published in 1926 It s hard to think of anything holy to the American mind than democracy Maybe capitalism, and Mencken rips that apart too Mencken dissects universal suffrage and the notion of the masses limitless wisdom with a razor sharp Ginsu The introduction and extensive annotations by Marion Elizabeth [...]

    5. Mencken is known for his wit, but if this book is any indication, that reputation is completely undeserved He tries hard to be clever, but fails almost every time Many admire Mencken for his anti plebeian elitism This book is full of it, to be sure, but his is the sort of elitism one might find in an intelligent but immature 15 year old boy not a supposedly well read grown man.On the whole, I found the book unimpressive, predictable and boring The one salient observation Mencken makes is this Ma [...]

    6. Trying to read Notes on Democracy now and see past the early 20th century scientific conclusions to its supposed brilliance is like trying to watch Eddie Murphy s Delirious for the first time and not be distracted by all the dated gay jokes Notes on Democracy has some good stuff in it for sure, but it s also very disjointed, it s arguments imperfect and hard to read for insights with so much talk of inferior man and other ideas that just seem silly now A lot of the faults of democracy that Menck [...]

    7. I would recommend this book to anybody interested in reading about theories of democracy or early 20th century U.S History This particular book is brilliantly annotated I genuinely enjoyed reading the annotations as much as the book and I can t recall another book I have ever felt that way about Mencken s writing is accessible and interesting Nothing is sacred to him and that is refreshing at times However, he also writes with scathing generalizations and in the end comes off as a journalist of [...]

    8. Here the enfant terrible Mencken takes on democracy, the ostensible rule of the common man A bit tongue in cheek, of course, but clever and bitingly written We won t see newspapermen this great again, alas This edition is nicely annotated Some of the period references are obscure.And democracy is highly overrated Just watch some of Jay Leno s interviews with men in the street, and then tell me with a straight face how great universal suffrage is and we ought to encourage people to vote

    9. Perfect election year reading Dated in many respects dismay for democracy in the 1920s had a racial tinge that it doesn t quite have today but this is actually a learned discussion of the problems of democracy Mencken was extremely well read, was a devotee of Nietzsche, and, for all his crude language about the booboisie, had actually put a lot of thought into the dangers of mass democracy.

    10. Mencken at his finest A charming, curmudgeonly, and acerbic perspective on American democratic values and institutions He inspires a deep cynicism in the reader regarding all the rituals and affectations of democracy voting, politicking, campaigning, and the general idea of social betterment by democratic participation Democracy may not be the worst form of government, but it s certainly the most humorous.

    11. Henry Louis Mencken a contrarian and master writer, it must be said The book itself is not only bold in its aim to discredit and attack that most cherished political institution but also in the way Mencken goes about it through a kind of rhetorical violence, an artillery barrage of wit, eloquence and scathing criticism Does he succeed Modern democracts would hope not If my opinion is any indication, however, I would say that Mencken does succeed in his broadest aim to make the reader think criti [...]

    12. HL Mencken s Notes on Democracy, recently republished in a sterling new paperback edition by Dissident Books, was originally published in 1926 Mencken was then a respected columnist and was considered one of the most progressive voices speaking in favour of liberty Though recent years have seen labels of un American pelted against him, Mencken remains, on the evidence of Notes on Democracy, one of the most strident voices of opposition against the religious specifically Christian domination of s [...]

    13. Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance Mencken wrote in the age before public choice theory was developed, and before regulatory capture became a recognized concept He certainly did, however, anticipate some of their lugubrious findings The problem of who will watch the watchmen dates back to the Satires of Juvenal, but was a concern even to the ancient Greeks Mencken aims his fire at democracy He never questions his tacit assumption of a natural elite am [...]

    14. The things change, the they stay the same After reading Mencken s Notes on Democracy it is quite evident how true that is for the US system of democracy It is also quite evident that corruption and incompetence are a systematic and entrenched feature of our system Sad, really.Mencken is a beast Everybody should read his writings He clearly had his finger on the pulse of what is wrong with both the US governmental system as well as the general populace and their role in democracy Mencken in no [...]

    15. This is a short book, but a dense and difficult read, especially since it guts America s favorite cultural brass ring Democracy Mencken believes Democracy is merely the majority tyrannizing the few He makes many good points, but as an iconoclast destroys our most liberal and self congratulatory beliefs Many of his points are lost in his twisted prose and tangled sentence structure, and his vocabulary requires as much annotation as a high school Milton collection But battling through it is very r [...]

    16. I received a free copy of this book through Firstreads.H.L Mencken was always one of my father s favorite writers, but until now I d never read his works I found he was witty, snarky, sarcastic, educated, iconoclastic and always willing to exaggerate a point for maximum impact much like my father Even now, some fifty years after his death, Mencken is still a controversial figure, capable of raising strong emotions in his readers Notes on Democracy is Mencken s commentary on the democratic system [...]

    17. A man who can truly wield the English language every word carefully chosen, every sentence constructed with care The problem with democracy has been clear since Aristotle, who knew the mob would rule society and politicians would become adept in forming public opinions It has been clear now for decades the radical swings of public opinion, a pendulum of extremes Majority rule does not make any act, law, or belief correct Additionally, no one truly believes in democracy If 51% of the population [...]

    18. A cathartic read, and a reminder that history repeats itself You could replace the names of the past politicians Mencken mentions with today s current crop and the book wouldn t miss a beat.Also, I found the last section very prescient, considering I finished it shortly after the Boston Marathon bombings I have spoken hitherto that democracy may be a self limiting disease, like measles It is, perhaps, something it is self devouring One cannot observe it objectively without being impressed by it [...]

    19. This was my first exposure to Mencken and I don t know if this is the best place to start when reading hum, but I got a deal on the book that I couldn t pass up, so it is what I ended up reading first Mencken s essential argument here is that democracy sucks because people suck I can accept that and when he says that people under prohibition mourn the loss of their beer than the loss of their liberty, I nod and underline it But then he goes on for far too long talking about people are terrible [...]

    20. This treatment of the shortcomings of democracy is a major disappointment considering the source Mencken is one of my favorite writers and is generally penetrating and often brilliant, and expresses himself inimitably though many have tried to imitate him But this, despite its brevity just over two hundred pages of VERY large type is too long by at least two thirds It would have made an excellent essay The rhetoric is overblown and padded, the same points are made over and over, yet controversia [...]

    21. This book is a trenchant critique of the democratic system that existed in America in the 1920s Mencken s insights are both humorous and scary, because plus a change, plus c est la m me chose The footnotes in this edition were very helpful to understand the context and many of the references to people and events of the time The author doesn t purpose a cure for the malady that he diagnoses, but his observations are likely to provide a much deeper understanding to the student of politics or of th [...]

    22. Absolutely brilliant book Not a novel, but I d rank it next to Candide for its dark humor and skepticism of humanity.He points out the obvious, which is that man within a democracy spends much of his time trying to strip the liberty and happiness away from his fellow man that a system of government supposedly designed and set up to give absolute liberty to each person living within it, is being constantly assailed by the very people it is mean to aid Very witty Very astute Can t recommend it hig [...]

    23. I ve just started reading the book and already I m really enjoying it Good thing I have a pencil and not a pen in my pocketbook so I can highlight parts I like.

    24. Great book Awesome guy Reading this reminds you that democracy has ALWAYS been fundamentally broken, it s not a recent development.

    25. Won through first reads August 16, 2009 Passed along to my politically active philosopher friend for her enjoyment.

    26. Marvelous You don t have to agree with everything he says to appreciate the clarity, rapier like wit and ruthlessness with which he says it

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