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What is Mencken's general attitude about religion? How is it at variance with those of the American public? Which sort of religions or denominations come in for particular scorn? Why?

In what ways does Mencken hate the "mob"? What is wrong with them? Why are they not fit to rule themselves?

Mencken opposed the New Deal and defended capitalism; this set him at variance with the important men of his day. What were his reasons for such opposition? Were they any good?

What does Mencken hate about the South today? What did he like about the South prior to the Civil War? How does he think the United States would look if the South had won?

Mencken hates "quacks". What are "quacks"? What are some of his favorite examples of "quackery"? And how does he sometimes defend "quacks" against their detractors? Why?

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