Remembering the Permanent Opposition of H. L. Mencken. Every generation needs an observer as critical of the provinciality and double standards of the moment as Mencken was of those in his own time. By Verlyn Klinkenborg. [New York Times: Opinion]
Best line in the article: He once described himself as “a skeptic as to all ideas, including especially my own.” If he believed in anything, it was the essential liberties, and those are what he stood up for again and again, if often in contradictory ways.


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