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September 26, 2006

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Alex

Hmmm. He was a fascist and had an underlying similarity with Evelyn Waugh? Hitch wasn't much for consistency even then..

Paul Lyon

I suspect most conservatives in the US, esp. the new Christian right would be absolutely horrified to read Mencken, esp., e.g. his claim that Tennessee must be one of the two least civilized states in the Union, the evidence for that being the Scopes trial (and also his general prejudice against the white south as yahoos, bounders, &c. See his article ``The Sahara of the Bozart''.). The other of the two, which may seem curious enough given current trends, was California: there he was pissed because of people being arrested for what was plainly and obviously protected speech under the 1st amendment.

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