Preventing the Perversion of Power into Tyranny

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

“The most effectual means of preventing [the perversion of power into tyranny] are to illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large, and more especially to give them knowledge of those facts which history exhibits, that … they may be enabled to know ambition under all its shapes, and prompt to exert their natural powers to defeat its purposes.” — Thomas Jefferson, A Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge, 1779

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