Wednesday, February 06, 2008


The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed -- and hence clamorous to be led to safety -- by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
-H.L. Mencken, writer, editor, and critic (1880-1956)

One big reason why our country is so polarized.


Wonder Woman said...

Wasn't that the origin of religion as well?

Just a query...

Roland said...

Interesting point, WW. It's all about whether we believe in the hobgoblins.
Of course, it could be about whether the hobgoblins believe in us. :)

Pablo said...

Uh, the origin of Christianity would be GOD.
The remark about politics is dead on, though. Would life really be all that much worse if all politicians were to disappear overnight?
I think not. Things might actually be better.

MikeT said...

If our ancestors were so stupid as to just make up gods and goddesses, just for the sake of having something to explain things, without there being any actual being or demon to deliver on prayers and such, do you really think we'd be smart enough as a race to get where we are today?

Just a query...

Roland said...

I agree, Mike.
I think some spiritual 'hobgoblins' do exist.
They believe we're here and don't like us.

And I think there is a difference between religion and truth.