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How Prone All Human Institutions Have Been to Decay & Despotism

James Monroe

James Monroe

“How prone all human institutions have been to decay; how subject the best-formed and most wisely organized governments have been to lose their check and totally dissolve; how difficult it has been for mankind, in all ages and countries, to preserve their dearest rights and best privileges, impelled as it were by an irresistible fate of despotism.” — James Monroe, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788

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