The government and the people are under a moral necessity of acting together; a free press compels them to bend to one another.

— James Mill

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Of the laws of nature, on which the condition of man depends, that which is attended with the greatest number of consequences, is the necessity of labor for obtaining the means of subsistence, as well as the means of the greatest part of our pleasure.

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Every man should be considered as having a right to the character which he deserves; that is, to be spoken of according to his actions.

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No good government can ever want more than two things for its support: 1st, Its own excellence; and, 2dly, a people sufficiently instructed, to be aware of that excellence. Every other pretended support, must ultimately tend to its subversion, by lessening its dependence upon these.

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Exhortations to obstruct the operations of Government in detail, should; Exhortations to resist all.

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If nature had produced spontaneously all the objects which we desire, and in sufficient abundance for the desires of all, there would have been no source of dispute or of injury among men; nor would any man have possessed the means of ever acquiring authority over another.

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It cannot be precisely known how any thing is good or bad, till it is precisely known what it is.

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Whenever the powers of government are placed in any hands other than those of the community, whether those of one man, of a few, or of several, those principles of human nature which imply that government is at all necessary, imply that those persons will make use of them to defeat the very end for which government exists.

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