Mencken’s Forecast

“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

― H.L. Mencken

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable”

― H.L. Mencken

05 Aug 1987, Page 17 – Standard-Speaker at

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7 Responses to Mencken’s Forecast

  1. Steve Case says:

    Thanks Tony, these days it’s three correct predictions for Mencken

    Moron             Biden
    Hobgoblin      Global Warming
    Hobgoblin      Covid 19

  2. Ron Clutz says:

    Some of Marshall McLuhan’s insights are also manifest now:

    “The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village.”

    “The world is now like a continually sounding tribal drum, where everybody gets the message…. all the time.”

    “Our technology forces us to live mythically.”

    Re Biden: “Politics will eventually be replaced by imagery. The politician will be only too happy to abdicate in favor of his image, because the image will be much more powerful than he could ever be.”

    “The more you create village conditions, the more discontinuity and division and diversity. The global village absolutely insures maximal disagreement on all points. It never occurred to me that uniformity and tranquility were the properties of the global village. It has more spite and envy. The spaces and times are pulled out from between people. A world in which people encounter each other in depth all the time. The tribal-global village is far more divisive — full of fighting — than any nationalism ever was. Village is fission, not fusion, in depth all the time.” (McLuhan “The Hot and Cool Interview” 57–58)

  3. Shawn Marshall says:

    An imbecile who ‘believes’ he knows the science.
    Join the Patriot Party folks and let’s rid ourselves of DemoncRats and RINOS.

  4. Thaipixie says:

    Yep summed it up nicely… UK, NZ, AUstralia Canada and European countries have the same problem!!

  5. Scissor says:

    Even with his cynicism, I doubt that Mencken would have forecast a totally corrupt first family with predilections toward incest, peodophilia, sexual predation and drug abuse.

    • Rory Forbes says:

      Well … the Romans did it. Are you insinuating that the US is incapable of achieving the depths of Roman depravity?


    Tony thank you for your great work!!!

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