John AdamsJohn Adams, (1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President

Famous John Adams Quote

“All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, nor from want of honor or virtue, so much as downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit, and circulation.”

John AdamsJohn Adams
~ John Adams

in a letter to Thomas Jefferson in 1787

Ratings and Comments

E Archer, NYC

Whoever pulls the purse-strings, makes the marionette dance.

Mike, Norwalk
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Mike, Norwalk E Archer, NYC 3/16/23

That is a great depiction of the actions / scenario of the lying dog face pony soldier that is now destroying a once sought after republican form of government.

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Chicago    4/3/06

It is my sincerest wish for all the Peoples of the world to heed this quote. A little more research on the subject will reveal the true source of society's ills.

MK, Houston, TX

The downright ignorance of the basic principles of econiomics, particularly free enterprise, is astounding. Of course, if Adams were to write today, he might well be forced to say that "want of virtue and honor" are also a major problem. And yes, E Archer, while that might be true, that is not what this quote is about. (You know, I am always intrigued when someone will take any opportunity to run down America or the system that has done more for mankind that all the rest put together. Says more about them than about the USA.)

Terry Berg, Occidental, CA

Kudos, MK for pointing out the general lack of awareness of economic principles. I suggest to all they read a bit about the age of 'laissez-faire' or 'Golden Age' in our country.

Terry Berg, Occidental, CA

Er, ... That would be the 'Gilded Age' - sorry - There's a BIG difference.

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Anonymous    7/21/06

Gilded means golden. Anyways, the quote nails it.

Vexari, Indian Shores

Ron Paul has the answer..

Dave Wilbur

There are only two possible economic systems: barter and slavery. God commanded a barter system with: "Thou shalt not steal." Money does not exist in a barter system. The sole function of legal tender is to take labor or property without payment which is slavery.

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Dan    6/25/08

The best book I have ever read that clears the smokescreen of ignorance about coin, credit, and circulation is Tupper Sausseys `Miracle on Main Street`.

Mike, Norwalk
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Mike, Norwalk Dan 3/16/23

Tupper was a great guy and his book: "Miracle on Main Street" easily, self explanatory. 

J Carlton, Calgary

The demise of America will come through the people's ignorance of coinage. The Federal Reserve is not Federal and it has no Reserves. It merely prints up paper out of thin air. It has no real value. "Government is the only agency that can take a useful commodity like paper, slap ink on it, and make it completely worthless." ~ Von Mises ~ Or better yet "Give me control of a nation's money and I care not who makes her laws" ~ Mayer Rothschild ~ Guess who owns the Federal Reserve?

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Anon    9/18/09

BINGO! Wake up America.

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    Anon    9/18/09

    Right on Dan, 'Miracle On Mainstreet' is simplicity in action that the average intellect can understand if all the one reading it possesses is common sense. I second, third and fourth your assessment and give that book five stars along with the quote. Get it America, read it! -

    Anonymous, sonoma ca

    In the first coinage act of 1792 unanimously enacted by congress, signed by Washington, endorsed by Adams and Jefferson, it was a capital felony for anyone to debase US currency. This law was never rescinded, only modified. Yet since 1913 that is exactly what the US central bank does by creating fiat money. If this law were enforced today, who in Congress or the Fed would still be alive? We are a country of Laws? Yes, ignored ones.

    Bob L., No. Ferrisburgh, VT

    Imagine ! 220-odd years ago, someone knew we'd be going on toward $20,000,000,000,000.00 IN DEBT all those years later. DUH !!

    bruski, naples FL

    Too bad our congress has failed us in not following our Constitution.

    And, when we add the "unfunded liabilities", our obligations cannot be repaid unless they are defaulted or inflated.

    Next chapter? My guess is massive deflation followed by hyperinflation.

    Mike, Norwalk

    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    Ronw13, Yachats Or

    The next chapter ? For some it is not a question, and for others is scares the hell out of everybody ! Are you ready ?


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