Nov 11, 2007

Jefferson on the proper role of government

Still one more thing, fellow citizens - a wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.

~ Thomas Jefferson, from The Essential Thomas Jefferson, p. 200, edited by John Gabriel Hunt

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