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Quote of the Day: “Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government”

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Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.

Thomas Jefferson wrote this in a letter to a Dr. Price in Paris, on January 8, 1789.   The context of the quote is about why the 13 individual countries (states) would consent to becoming a single country.  I recommend reading the letter, and because the source I cite is in the public domain, you can read the whole book of Jefferson’s correspondences if you wish.

Although, I wonder how true Jefferson’s sentiment might be today.  It seems many of our political issues that cause problems with both representative republicanism and direct democracy, are not due to a lack of information, but due to interpretations of the information, and from the difficulty that people have of deciphering which information is correct.   I suspect many also don’t care greatly, and thus don’t seek to be informed, although the future of our nation and even the present state is in jeopardy without true understanding being sought.

As a side note, I found this quote on EDJOIN, and it is one of the rare quotations from an educational organization that I have found to be accurately sourced!  (See my previous blog entries about the quote in my daughter’s classroom and the quote from an organization supported by the California Teacher’s Association.)

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Written by Jacob Walker

November 7th, 2013 at 11:59 am

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  1. Governments RARELY keep their citizens well-informed. Here are a few relevant quotes concerning what really goes on with government.

    Geo Bush Jr: “You can fool some of the people all the time, and those are the ones you want to concentrate on.”

    Voltaire: “It is dangerous to be right when your government is wrong.”

    Voltaire: “It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.”

    Voltaire: “Opinion has caused more trouble on this little earth than plagues or earthquakes.”

    Voltaire: “To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered.”

    Voltaire: “As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities.”

    Voltaire: “Illusion is the first of all pleasures.”

    Voltaire: “When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.”

    Voltaire: “To the wicked, everything serves as pretext.”

    Otis Oddball

    10 Nov 13 at 11:53 am

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