H. L. Mencken

Le journaliste, linguiste, satiriste, critique social et libre penseur H. L. Mencken (1880-1956), considéré par plusieurs comme l’un des écrivains américains les plus influents du XXe siècle, au sujet de l’idéologie gauchiste (page 35):

« The Liberals, who pretend – and often quite honestly believe – that they are hot for liberty. They never really are.

If a law were passed tomorrow taking away the property of a large group of presumably well-to-do persons – say, the bond-holders of the railroads – without compensation and even without colorable reason, they would not oppose it; they would be in favor of it.

The liberty to have and to hold property is not one that they recognize. They believe only in the liberty to envy, hate and loot the man who has it. »