“The American People will take Socialism, but they won't take the label. I certainly proved it in the case of EPIC. Running on the Socialist ticket I got 60,000 votes, and running on the slogan to 'End Poverty in California' I got 879,000. I think we simply have to recognize the fact that our enemies have succeeded in spreading the Big Lie. There is no use attacking it by a front attack, it is much better to out-flank them.”
“The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naïve and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair.”
—H.L. Mencken (Letter to Upton Sinclair, October 14, 1917)
“That's the rule they apply to all the world - if anything goes wrong with you, it must be your own fault. It's a land of equal opportunity."
"And you'll notice," said the organiser, "that the more privileges people have had, the more boldly they talk that way.”