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The Lowest Common Denominator

Coalition of the Swilling.
The Lowest Common Denomiator

Many people have read George Orwell's books, and many use his quips to
describe the present-day political system, but giving George a run for
the money is Henry Louis Mencken.
Henry Mencken, a political commentor, said, in the 1920's, that the
steady decline of democracy would lead to a "downright moron"
occupying the White House.
On July 26, 1920, Mencken, writing for the Baltimore Evening Sun,
says in an article that "the larger the mob, the harder the test.
In small areas, before small electorates, a first-rate man occasionally
fights his way through, carrying even the mob with him by force of his
personality. But when the field is nationwide.......the force of
personality cannot so readily make itself felt, then all the odds are
on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre...The
Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is
perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul
of the people.......On some great and glorious day the plain folks of
the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House
will be adorned by a downright moron."
Complex topic 01.Dec.2004 23:42

Mark McCarron mark@gieis.uni.cc

Mencken has understood, albeit from a different perspective, the result of loss of natural order in a society based upon dominance and submission.

Without the natural order, the status quo is lost. Dominance then consumes the submissive, thus in turn, itself.

This relationship is demonstrated in maths, 2 negatives (dominant & submissive) multiplied by each other, will cancel each other out. Depending on the numbers, there may or may not be a remainder (survivors).

An armageddon scenario, that is part of the underpinning structure of lifeform protection throughtout the universe.

Mencken was a thinker and a good one too, at that.