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The Federalist Papers were written by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay under the collective pseudonym "Publius" to promote the ratification of the United States Constitution.  

The scholarly detective work of Douglass Adair in 1944 postulated the following assignments of authorship, corroborated in 1964 by a computer analysis of the text:

Alexander Hamilton (51 articles: Nos. 1, 6–9, 11–13, 15–17, 21–36, 59–61, and 65–85)
James Madison (29 articles: Nos. 10, 14, 18–20,[15] 37–58 and 62–63)
John Jay (5 articles: Nos. 2–5 and 64).

See https://books.google.ca/books?id=LJXaBwAAQBAJ

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Thanks, Etaoin.  The quote is in reference to the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention of 1780.  The source and link have been updated with more complete information.  

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The quote is unsourced but popularly attributed to Paine in hundreds, if not thousands of publications.

A similar quote can be found in The Rights of Man, Part 2, chapter 2 (emphasis added):

The trade of courts is beginning to be understood, and the affectation of mystery, with all the artificial sorcery by which they imposed upon mankind, is on the decline. It has received its death-wound; and though it may linger, it will expire. Government ought to be as much open to improvement as anything which appertains to man, instead of which it has been monopolised from age to age, by the most ignorant and vicious of the human race. Need we any other proof of their wretched management, than the excess of debts and taxes with which every nation groans, and the quarrels into which they have precipitated the world?



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The source has been updated:
Goethe's Opinions on the World, Mankind, Literature, Science, and Art By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Otto von Wenckstern · 1853, p.3

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Thank you, Greg.  The typo has been fixed.

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This quote has been misattributed to Ben Franklin.  It is actually from Gideon J. Tucker, Final Accounting in the Estate of A.B., 1 Tucker 248 (N.Y. Surr. 1866), in a decision of a will case:
“No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session.”
http://libertytree.ca/quotes/Gideon.J..Tucker.Quote.28AD

The source has been updated.

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Well done, Mike! I just formatted your post for readability.  

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The source has been updated.  Tocqueville prefaces by saying:

"I seek to trace the novel features under which despotism may appear in the world.

The first thing that strikes the observation is an innumerable multitude of men all equal and alike, incessantly endeavoring to procure the petty and paltry pleasures with which they glut their lives."

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Actually, the quote is from Calvin Coolidge in a speech commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

http://libertytree.ca/quotes/Calvin.Coolidge.Quote.D53C

Thank you, AB Hall!  Cheers.

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Hmm, you are right.  We'll find the source.  Thanks.

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Thank you, Jonathon, you are right!  The quote is actually from The Virginian, April 1956, which had been quoted in The American Mercury.  The source has been updated.  Cheers!

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Thank you, Lance, for clearing this up!  The quote is actually from The Virginian, April 1956.  The source has been updated.  Cheers!

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Abby, we've updated the source.

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Hi, Jim.  I was under the impression you could pay with a credit card without setting up a Paypal account.  Look for a payment method for a credit card.

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The Latin phrase "Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium" is in the letter from Jefferson to Madison, verbatim.  He was not directly quoting Count Palatine, but it was an idiom of which both were familiar. 

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Would you prefer the original Latin?

"Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem."

Jefferson and Madison were versed in Latin and Greek, often included famous idioms in their writing.  The phrase is in a letter from Jefferson to Madison on January 30, 1787.

Shall we put this to rest? We are happy to remake the meme in Latin for the purists. The English translation of the phrase will stand.

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Dick, according to our logs, your initial post was made 5/20/2005, and the IP address is in the same range.  This was your post; we would not and do not make posts on others' behalf.

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The source has been updated to reflect this quote is indeed from George Strasser.  Thank you!

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Thank you, Stuart.  The quote source has been updated.  The quote is from a pamphlet by Gregor Strasser here.

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Thank you, Justin.  The source has been verified, and the quote has been corrected.  Much appreciated!

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Thank you, Bob, we fixed the citation a while back.

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We were not able to confirm that the Saturday Review columnist Lawrence Dennis is the same as the pro-fascist author Lawrence Dennis (1893-1977).  I do not think they are the same person.  A link to the source article is provided.

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Sorry, Robert.  We've got a bug in the system that often does not save responses if the page has been open for more than 15 minutes before sending.  So, long responses are usually the ones that get hit.  We are working on it.  Try copying your text before sending, then redo if it does not get saved.  You are not being censored, we value your comments greatly.  Cheers!

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Thank you, Mike.  Our site(s) have been banned for years in many places.  I check our domain trustworthiness regularly to make sure we haven't been added to any banned lists.  I can say that there has been a concerted effort over the years to censor sites and pages that promote 'liberty'  it is a trigger word for 'hate speech' because it offends the ruling class and their dependents.  Let's hope that the cause of Liberty does not entirely depend on this site. :-)  Mike if you wouldn't mind sending me an email, I'd like to get more details about the messages you've been getting when trying to connect to the site, maybe figure out how to get 'approved' again.  Cheers.

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