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The purpose of a written constitution is to bind up the several branches of government by certain laws, which, when they transgress, their acts shall become nullities; to render unnecessary an appeal to the people, or in other words a rebellion, on every infraction of their rights, on the peril that their acquiescence shall be construed into an intention to surrender those rights.

Thomas Jefferson

The powers of the federal government are enumerated; it can only operate in certain cases; it has legislative powers on defined and limited objects, beyond which it cannot extend its jurisdiction

James Madison

It has been objected also against a bill of rights, that, by enumerating particular exceptions to the grant of power, it would disparage those rights which were not placed in that enumeration, and it might follow by implication, that those rights which were not singled out, were intended to be assigned into the hands of the general government, and were consequently insecure. This is one of the most plausible arguments I have ever heard urged against the admission of a bill of rights into this system; but, I conceive, that may be guarded against. I have attempted it, as gentlemen may see by turning to the last clause of the 4th resolution

James Madison

He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself

Thomas Paine

The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and by acting on the law of the strongest breaks up the foundations of society

Thomas Jefferson

If people behaved like governments, you'd call the cops

Kelvin Throop

Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor

James Russell Lowell

Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few

George Bernard Shaw

The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy

Woodrow Wilson

The state of affairs in which you consent to having your pocket picked, and elect the best man to do it

Benjamin Lichtenberg

If all the economists were laid end to end, they'd never reach a conclusion.

George Bernard Shaw

Under capitalism man exploits man; under socialism the reverse is true

Polish Proverb

Governments should not possess instruments of coercion and violence denied to their citizens

Edgar A. Suter

Democracy is a government where you can say what you think even if you don't think

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The cure for capitalism's failing would require that a government would have to rise above the interests of one class aloneRobert L. Heilbroner

Robert L. Heilbroner

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