Thomas Jefferson Asks: Liberty or Economy?

On pages 749-750 of The Basic Writings of Thomas Jefferson we read the following passage written by Jefferson in the year 1816:

“We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debts as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessities and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements,… our people … must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty four, give our earning of fifteen of these to the government,… have no time to think, no means of calling our mis-managers to account; but be glad to obtain sustenance by hiring ourselves out to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers… And this is the tendency of all human governments … till the bulk of society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery…. And the forehorse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression.”

This quote is cited from pages 553 and 554 of The Creature from Jekyll Island, A Second Look at the Federal Reserve by G. Edward Griffin.

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One Response to Thomas Jefferson Asks: Liberty or Economy?

  1. Pingback: Looking at the current relationship of religion to government I am returning to Jefferson: « Under The LobsterScope

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