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Learning from Our Founding Fathers

I was looking through my bookshelves recently when I stumbled upon a book of quotes from Thomas Jefferson. “That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.” “No government can continue good, but under the control of the people.”

The first quote caught my attention, leading to recollection of a quote that is probably from Jefferson, but with some of the meaning removed: The government is best which governs least. Minimalist government sounds good on the surface. The more a government does, the less we have to, and the more we can blame someone else if...


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