Henry Louis Mencken (September 12th, 1880 - January 29th, 1956), more known under the name of H.L. Mencken , was a journalist, satirist and critical social, a Cynique and a free thinker, known like the " Wise of Baltimore" and the American Nietzsche. One often regards it as one of the most influential writers American S of the 20th century. At one time of its career, the Americans had indicated it like their more shining spirit and Critique arts person except par.
Anarchist of right-hand side?Anne Ollivier-Mellios, in an article quoted low, tries to give a progress report on the political ideas of Mencken. If its criticism of the democracy, its impassioned defense of individual freedoms, its apology for the individual, and his refusal of a too powerful state, encourage the historian to classify it among the anarchists of right-hand side, such max Stirner or Micberth, the combat which it carries out result us on the contrary in arranging it at the sides of rebellious or critical figures typically American, such as Thoreau, Goldman or C. Wright Mills. One will wonder then if the originality of Mencken is not then due to its aptitude to synthesize a more European Anarchisme of right-hand side, and currents of ideas - social Darwinisme, Nihilisme, leave-to make - sails very about it in America of the years 1890.
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