“Bourne was in the Berlin crowd when Wilhelm II, speaking from his balcony, declared war. Bourne was enthralled by an entire nation in Kultural revolt against the values of Anglo-America Zivilization. “German ideals,” he believed, were the only broad and captivating ones for his generation.” ─ The Revolt Against the Masses, copyright © 2013 by Fred Siegel, Encounter Books, Page 19.
“Bourne identified deeply with Germany, which he saw as a victim, not unlike himself, of those with inferior taste who were waging war on superior beings.” ─ The Revolt Against the Masses, copyright © 2013 by Fred Siegel, Encounter Books, Page 21.
“While Bourne was dying, H.L. Mencken, described by the New York Times as “the premier social critic of the first half of the twentieth century,” was coming to fame as a bitter German-American critic of “Mr. Wilson’s War.” At the height of his influence in the 1920s, Mencken’s reputation fattened on the inanities of Prohibition, blue-nosed book-banning, and the Ku Klux Klan, all of which he saw as works of the “boobus Americanus.” His broadsides against Prohibition, posturing preachers, and anti-evolutionists made him a hero to generations of liberals and college students. But his true quarry was American democracy and the American people, whom he defined as a “rabble of ignorant peasants.” ─ The Revolt Against the Masses, copyright © 2013 by Fred Siegel, Encounter Books, Page 23.