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The Founders on Power: 8 Essential Principles for a FREE Society

• https://www.activistpost.com, By Michael Boldin

Path to Liberty, Fast Friday Edition: June 14, 2024

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1. POWER FLOWS FROM THE PEOPLE

George Mason – Virginia Declaration of Rights (12 June 1776)
Robert Livingston – New York Ratifying Convention (19 June 1788)
2. POWER MUST HAVE DEFINED LIMITS

Richard Henry Lee – Letter to Patrick Henry (28 May 1789)
Maryland Farmer No. 3. Part 1 (7 Mar 1788)
Brutus IV (29 Nov 1787)
3. POWER NOT GIVEN IS RETAINED

George Nicholas – Virginia Ratifying Convention (10 June 1788)
Edmund Randolph – Virginia Ratifying Convention (21 June 1788)
4. POWER ALWAYS SEEKS TO GROW

Abigail Adams – Letter to John Adams (27 Nov 1775)
Federal Farmer No. IV (12 Oct 1787)
Samuel Adams – Letter to James Warren (24 Oct 1780)
5. ARBITRARY POWER IS TYRANNY

Thomas Paine – Rights of Man, Part II (1792)
John Locke – Chapter 18 – Tyranny
St. George Tucker – View of the Constitution of the United States (1803)
6. POWER TO DO GOOD IS THE POWER TO DO EVIL

John Jay – A Citizen of New York (15 Apr 1788)
Oliver Ellsworth – A Landholder III (19 Nov 1787)


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