Monday, November 1, 2010

Who Said This?

Try to guess who said the following, found by a website called The Mystery of the Haunted Vampire:

“As for the Republicans—how can one regard seriously a frightened, greedy, nostalgic huddle of tradesmen and lucky idlers who shut their eyes to history and science, steel their emotions against decent human sympathy, cling to sordid and provincial ideals exalting sheer acquisitiveness and condoning artificial hardship for the non-materially-shrewd, dwell smugly and sentimentally in a distorted dream-cosmos of outmoded phrases and principles and attitudes based on the bygone agricultural-handicraft world, and revel in (consciously or unconsciously) mendacious assumptions (such as the notion that real liberty is synonymous with the single detail of unrestricted economic license or that a rational planning of resource-distribution would contravene some vague and mystical ‘American heritage’…) utterly contrary to fact and without the slightest foundation in human experience? Intellectually, the Republican idea deserves the tolerance and respect one gives to the dead.”

Give up?  You might as well, because you'll never guess in a million years, unless you are brilliant enough to have zoned in on the phrase "distorted dream-cosmos."  Yes, this is an excerpt from a letter written in 1936 by Howard Phillips Lovecraft.  And who knew more about ultimate horror?

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