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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

When government fears the people, there is liberty... (Spurious Quotation) | Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

When government fears the people, there is liberty... (Spurious Quotation) | Thomas Jefferson's Monticello



Quotation: "When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny."
Variations:
  1. "When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
  2. "Does the government fear us? Or do we fear the government? When the people fear the government, tyranny has found victory. The federal government is our servant, not our master!"
  3. “When the people fear the government, that's tyranny; when the government fears the people, that's freedom.”
Sources consulted: Searching on the phrase "fear the people," "government fear us," "fear the government," "tyranny has found victory," and "government is our servant"

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