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Henry Louis Mencken, known as H.L. Mencken, was an American writer and publisher, whose American Mercury was a leading journal in the early part of the 20th century. Mencken`s acerbic views on American culture predated the Roaring Twenties, a period when he was much more in vogue than during the World War I period when he first began publishing them.

Mencken took particular exception to the modern forms of puritanism, which might be separated from the original theology, still had the power to influence popular opinion, negatively in the view of Mencken. He derided the influence on public opinion of "boobs," whom he collectively categorized as the "booboisie."

After his death, some of his private papers came to light which indicated feelings of anti-semitism. ---- Selected Quotes ----

Quotes by H.L. Mencken.

Regarding Patriotism
Patriotism: A variety of hallucination which, if it seized a bacteriologist in his laboratory, would cause him to report the streptococus purogenes to be as large as a Newfoundland dog, as intelligent as Socrates, as beautiful as Mont Blanc, and as respectable as a Yale professor.
A Book of Burlesques, 1920
Regarding Upton Sinclair
You protest, and with justice, each time Hitler jails an opponent; but you forget that Stalin and company have jailed and murdered a thousand times as many. It seems to me, and indeed the evidence is plain, that compared to the Moscow brigands and assassins, Hitler is hardly more than a common Ku Kluxer and Mussolini almost a philanthropist.
Letter in "American Mercury", 1936, at which time it was still true
Regarding Reverence
Q: If you find so much that is unworthy of reverence in the United Sates, then why do you live here? A: Why do men go to zoos?
Prejudices, Fifth Series (1926)