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"Governments, whatever their pretensions otherwise, try to preserve themselves by holding the individual down ... Government itself, indeed, may be reasonably defined as a conspiracy against him. Its one permanent aim, whatever its form, is to hobble him sufficiently to maintain itself."
H. L. Mencken (more quotes by H. L. Mencken or books by/about H. L. Mencken)
(1880-1956) American Journalist, Editor, Essayist, Linguist, Lexicographer, and Critic
Conspiracy, Government, Individualism, Oppression