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John Jay on Government

“Nothing is more certain than the indispensable necessity of government; and it is equally undeniable that whenever and however it is instituted, the people must cede to it some of their natural rights, in order to vest it with requisite powers.”

— John Jay, The Federalist, No. 2

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June 28, 2007 · 1:53 am

Alexander Hamilton on Conversion

“For in politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution.”

— Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist, No. 1

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June 28, 2007 · 1:48 am

Alexander Hamilton on Public Concern

“Has it not… invariably been found that momentary passions, and immediate interests, have a more active and imperious control over human conduct than general or remote considerations of policy, utility, or justice?”

— Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist, No. 6

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June 27, 2007 · 10:04 pm

John Jay on Security

“Among the many objects to which a wise and free people find it necessary to direct their attention, that of providing for their safety seems to be the first.”

— John Jay, The Federalist, No. 3

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June 27, 2007 · 9:57 pm

Alexander Hamilton on Government

“Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice, without constraint.”

— Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist, No. 11

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June 27, 2007 · 6:10 pm