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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1421
AUTHOR: Henry Louis Mencken (1880–1956)
QUOTATION: The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
ATTRIBUTION: H. L. MENCKEN, “Women as Outlaws,” A Mencken Chrestomathy, p. 29 (1949). This essay was first published in The Smart Set, December 1921.
SUBJECTS: Politics