Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton, (1757-1804) American statesman, Secretary of the Treasury

Alexander Hamilton Quote

“[I]t is a truth which the experience of all ages has attested, that the people are always most in danger, when the means of injuring their rights are in the possession of those of whom they entertain the least suspicion.”

Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton
~ Alexander Hamilton

writing as "Publius" in _Federalist No. 25,_ December 21, 1787

Ratings and Comments

Mike, Norwalk

Very self explanatory. Patrons of the statist theocracy that infests this nation are an excellent example of the quote's accuracy.

vedapushpa, Bangalore/India

Its a Truth which harms and hurts most !! A good preventive for this is .... is Not to believe all that another swears by or says with a confirmation or suggestion etc....and to cross check on them.. And most certainly Not to 'act out' on anyone's words...

jim k, Austin,Tx

The means for injuring the rights of it's citizens always rests with the government. That's why we have a Bill of Rights, to protect us from the government. And lord knows, we need it now more than ever.

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Anonymous    8/23/10

The reason America is so apathetic. "If society fits you comfortably enough, you call it freedom." Robert Frost

Jamie, Nelson

hmmm .......... perhaps this is true? What is certain is that, whatever rights most people had then: have since been eroded. From when that statement was made; agent provecuers, politicians and bankers have ensured the legacy of economic slavery. Denying the people's rights.

J Carlton, Calgary

Amen, Jim

E Archer, NYC

We are WAY too trusting of our servant government, the talking heads on TV, the boards of education, the religionists -- all peddling fear, submission, and tribute.

Andrew, South Africa

When you read "when the means of injuring their rights are in the possession of those of whom they entertain the least suspicion.”  Besides the state, also read, "the idiots next door who shoot up schools who in turn, vote for the state" 

Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown

Logically that would also mean that those least endangering rights are under the most suspicion.  That means that conventional societal structure spend all their time spying on those most supportive to national security.


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