Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Remembering H.L. Mencken

Yesterday was the 57th death anniversary of the great libertarian and one of the prolific writers of his time Henry Louis “HL” Mencken.(hat tip Mises blog)

In memory of Mr. Mencken, this stirring quote from his book Minority Report : H.L. Mencken's Notebooks (1956)
Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on "I am not too sure."

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