Friday, February 15, 2008

Politics by Madison: A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people.

"The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse."

Speech in the Virginia State Convention of 1829-'30, on the Question of the Ratio of Representation in the two Branches of the Legislature, December 2, 1829 (Madison, 1865, IV, page 51)

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