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A Primeval Uplifter

Published by on February 12, 2015

LUCY STONE: Pioneer of Woman’s Rights, by Alice Stone Blackwell; Boston: Little, Brown & Company; reviewed by H.L. Mencken IF THIS biography is a shade partial the fact is surely not surprising, for Miss Blackwell is not only Lucy Stone’s daughter but also a firm believer in all of the reforms that she advocated, excluding, […]


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Mencken’s Translation of The Antichrist

Published by on June 9, 2013

The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche on “democracy,” “equality,” Judaism, and Christianity: translated by H.L. Mencken THIS BOOK BELONGS to the most rare of men. Perhaps not one of them is yet alive. It is possible that they may be among those who understand my “Zarathustra”: how could I confound myself with those who are now sprouting […]


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The Malevolent Jobholder

Published by on April 26, 2013

by H.L. Mencken (pictured) IN THE IMMORAL monarchies of the continent of Europe, now happily abolished by God’s will, there was, in the old days of sin, an intelligent and effective way of dealing with delinquent officials. Not only were they subject, when taken in downright corruption, to the ordinary processes of the criminal laws; in […]


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The Collected Drama of H.L. Mencken

Published by on October 1, 2012

a review by George Hunka H.L. MENCKEN cut his satirical teeth on drama and theatre, as the excellent new anthology, The Collected Drama of H.L. Mencken: Plays and Criticism, edited by S.T. Joshi and published by Scarecrow Press, attests. Joshi has collected all of Mencken’s plays (many of which first appeared in the 1916 A […]


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Gore Vidal on H.L. Mencken

Published by on September 17, 2012

by Gore Vidal AFTER POLITICS, JOURNALISM has always been the preferred career of the ambitious but lazy second-rater. American exceptions to mediocrity’s leaden mean: From column A, there was Franklin D. Roosevelt. From column B, H.L. Mencken. Although Henry Louis Mencken was a magazine editor (The Smart Set, The American Mercury), a literary critic, an expositor […]


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The Zoo

Published by on January 25, 2011

by H.L. Mencken (pictured) I OFTEN WONDER how much sound and nourishing food is fed to the animals in the zoological gardens of America every week, and try to figure out what the public gets in return for the cost thereof. The annual bill must surely run into millions; one is constantly hearing how much […]


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America Needs a New Ingersoll

Published by on January 3, 2011

Robert Ingersoll (pictured) was a lantern of reason in a nation of fools by H.L. Mencken WHAT the country lacks is obviously an Ingersoll. It is, indeed, a wonder that the chautauquas have never spewed one forth. Certainly there must be many a jitney Demosthenes on those lonely circuits who tires mightily of the standard […]


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Daytonians Full of Sickening Doubts About Publicity

Published by on July 22, 2010

A Report on the Scopes Trial by H.L. Mencken Illustration: Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan (The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 9, 1925) ON THE EVE of the great contest Dayton is full of sickening surges and tremors of doubt. Five or six weeks ago, when the infidel Scopes was first laid by the heels, […]


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Homo Neanderthalensis

Published by on July 21, 2010

A Report on the Scopes Trial by H.L. Mencken (pictured) (The Baltimore Evening Sun, June 29, 1925) I SUCH OBSCENITIES as the forthcoming trial of the Tennessee evolutionist, if they serve no other purpose, at least call attention dramatically to the fact that enlightenment, among mankind, is very narrowly dispersed. It is common to assume […]


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Franklin Delano Roosevelt: An Obituary

Published by on May 17, 2010

by H.L. Mencken April 13, 1945 THE BALTIMORE Sun editorial on Roosevelt this morning begins: “Franklin D. Roosevelt was a great man.” There are heavy black dashes above and below it. The argument, in brief, is that all his skullduggeries and imbecilities were wiped out when “he took an inert and profoundly isolationist people and […]


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Meet General Grant

Published by on April 30, 2010

by H.L. Mencken A review of Meet General Grant by W. E. Woodward (Horace Liverwright, publishers); The American Mercury, 1928 THE DREADFUL title of this book is not the least of its felicities. If they had been saying such things in his day it seems unquestionable that Grant would have said, “Meet the wife.” He […]


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The Calamity of Appomattox

Published by on April 29, 2010

by H.L. Mencken The American Mercury, September 1930 NO AMERICAN historian, so far as I know, has ever tried to work out the probable consequences if Grant instead of Lee had been on the hot spot at Appomattox. How long would the victorious Confederacy have endured? Could it have surmounted the difficulties inherent in the […]


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H.L. Mencken on Governments and Politicians

Published by on April 22, 2010

by Chris Leithner THE VOLUMINOUS writings (nineteen books and thousands of essays, articles and reviews) of H. L. Mencken, one of America’s finest writers and perhaps its greatest journalist and chronicler of American English, are a virtually-forgotten treasure trove of sparkling wit and deep wisdom. Like knowledge of their own history and respect for their […]


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Last Words on Democracy

Published by on April 14, 2010

by H.L. Mencken (1926) I HAVE ALLUDED somewhat vaguely to the merits of democracy. One of them is quite obvious: it is, perhaps, the most charming form of government ever devised by man. The reason is not far to seek. It is based upon propositions that are palpably not true and what is not true, […]


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Homeless Jack on “Grabbing Some Pussy”

November 7, 2016

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We discovered this piece scrawled on some foolscap left on our doorstep, an all-lower-case Kerouac-style stream of consciousness rap, and offer it as we found it. by H. Millard trump is an american original and a throwback to the days when americans were bursting with confidence and energy and the sheer joy of freedom and […]

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‘The Choice of Achilles’: John Alan Coey Against the New World Order

January 3, 2013

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by T.R. Bennington AS EVER, BUT ESPECIALLY in our present state of civilizational malaise, there is a need for figures with the power to inspire — men who in less confused and cynical times would have been unabashedly described as heroic. One such figure is Corporal John Alan Coey, a young soldier who has perhaps […]

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Quarter of Americans Convinced Sun Revolves Around Earth

March 2, 2015

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“DOES the Earth go around the Sun, or does the Sun go around the Earth?” If you answered the latter, you’re among a quarter of Americans who also got it wrong, according to a new report by the National Science Foundation. A survey of 2,200 people that was released Friday revealed some alarming truths about […]

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    Jailbirds

    June 7, 2017

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    by Jim Tully; from The American Mercury, September, 1928; transcribed by Kevin I. Slaughter THE jail room was thirty-five feet long, twenty-five feet wide, and seven feet high. In this large cage were fifty prisoners. Some had been sentenced and were serving jail terms; others awaited trial, or removal to the penitentiary. The floor was of […]

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    The Old Right and the Antichrist

    June 7, 2017

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    by Richard Spencer (pictured) The following address was given to the H.L. Mencken Club’s Annual Meeting; November 21-23, 2008. BEFORE William F. Buckley settled on writing God and Man at Yale in 1951, the 25 year-old had something quite different in mind as a debut volume. Buckley planned, and may have begun drafting, a book caustically […]

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    The Fame of a Dead Man’s Deeds Audio Book: Last Contact

    May 3, 2018

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    by Bradford L. Huie for The American Mercury TODAY WE PRESENT THE FINAL installment of our audio book series based on the biography of William Luther Pierce, The Fame of a Dead Man’s Deeds by Robert S. Griffin, read by Vanessa Neubauer. (ILLUSTRATION: Portrait of Dr. William L. Pierce by S.M. Casper) Click here for all […]

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    The Fame of a Dead Man’s Deeds Audio Book: The New World Order

    March 11, 2018

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    by Bradford L. Huie for The American Mercury WHAT IS the “New World Order”? We hear that phrase quite often, both by those who see it as a positive, beneficial application of American power to “spread democracy,” and by those who see it as a malign conspiracy against the self-determination and freedom of the peoples of […]

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    The Fame of a Dead Man’s Deeds Audio Book: Men and Women

    February 27, 2018

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    by Bradford L. Huie for The American Mercury IS FEMINISM killing us? Will it be fatal to our survival as a people? William Luther Pierce thought so, and today we’ll try to understand his reasons — in our continuing audio book series of the only biography of Dr. Pierce, The Fame of a Dead Man’s Deeds […]

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    The Fame of a Dead Man’s Deeds Audio Book: Schooling

    February 19, 2018

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    by Bradford L. Huie for The American Mercury DR. WILLIAM PIERCE says our education system is failing, and that egalitarianism, multiculturalism, and feminism are to blame. The solutions he suggests as the only possible remedies — racial separation being the first but far from the only one — are ones that most modern educators would rather […]

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    The Fame of a Dead Man’s Deeds Audio Book: Racism and Hate

    February 8, 2018

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    by Bradford L. Huie for The American Mercury VANESSA Neubauer’s reading of The Fame of a Dead Man’s Deeds continues this week with Dr. William Pierce’s reactions to the claim that his work consists of just “racism and hate.” Dr. Pierce believes that it is wrong to pathologize a legitimate emotion that is appropriate in some […]

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    The Fame of a Dead Man’s Deeds Audio Book: Pierce and Jews

    December 19, 2017

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    by Bradford L. Huie for The American Mercury NOW WE arrive at what may the most controversial and explosive chapter in Robert Griffin’s The Fame of a Dead Man’s Deeds, read this week by Vanessa Neubauer in our continuing audio book series. It deals with radical White separatist Dr. William Pierce’s views on Jews and Jewish power. […]

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    The Fame of a Dead Man’s Deeds Audio Book: World War II

    December 12, 2017

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    by Bradford L. Huie for The American Mercury THIS WEEK Robert Griffin’s The Fame of a Dead Man’s Deeds — read this week by Vanessa Neubauer in our continuing audio book series — deals with Dr. William Luther Pierce’s views on the watershed event of the last 100 years: the Second World War. (ILLUSTRATION: American bombers rain death […]

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    The Fame of a Dead Man’s Deeds Audio Book: William Gayley Simpson

    December 4, 2017

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    by Bradford L. Huie for The American Mercury CHAPTER 20 of Robert Griffin’s The Fame of a Dead Man’s Deeds — read this week by Vanessa Neubauer in our continuing series — deals with Dr. William Luther Pierce and his publication of Which Way Western Man? by philosopher William Gayley Simpson (pictured). Click here for all the chapters of […]

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    The Fame of a Dead Man’s Deeds Audio Book: Pierce on Hunter

    November 26, 2017

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    by Bradford L. Huie for The American Mercury VANESSA Neubauer’s latest audio book reading — chapter 19 of Robert Griffin’s The Fame of a Dead Man’s Deeds — consists of Dr. William Luther Pierce’s own thoughts about his second novel, Hunter. (ILLUSTRATION: portrait section of illustration from an oil painting by Will Williams) Click here for all the chapters […]

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    New Audio Book: The American Mercury on Leo Frank – Judge Leonard Roan’s Charge to the Jury

    November 25, 2017

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    THIS WEEK we present our final installment of our audio books on the subject of the 1913 trial of Leo M. Frank for the strangling and sex murder of his 13-year-old sweatshop employee, Mary Phagan. Today we hear the words of Judge Leonard Strickland Roan (pictured) in his charge to the jury, exactly as they […]

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    The Fame of a Dead Man’s Deeds Audio Book: Hunter

    November 19, 2017

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    by Bradford L. Huie for The American Mercury TODAY as we join Vanessa Neubauer’s latest audio book reading — chapter 18 — of Robert Griffin’s The Fame of a Dead Man’s Deeds we learn about Hunter, William Luther Pierce’s second novel. Hunter is a follow-up to Pierce’s famous The Turner Diaries, and Dr. Pierce considered it to be the more […]