There are two rules to living well. The first is, don’t sweat the little shit. The second is, it’s all little shit. In other words, it’s all okay. We may be lost, but we’re way ahead of schedule.
— poet soul-warrior David Lee Roth
The state—or, to make the matter more concrete, the government — consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can’t get, and to promise to give it to them. Nine times out of ten that promise is worth nothing. The tenth time it is made good by looting A to satisfy B. In other words, government is a broker in pillage, and every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.
– H. L. Mencken (1936), A Carnival of Buncombe
h/t David Boaz