Sunday Evening Quotation – John Taylor of Caroline on the Fourth Wave of Democratization

Just kidding.  Taylor* has been dead for nearly two centuries.  This, from his book Tyranny Unmasked, is still worth remembering:

“Liberty and tyranny are neither of them inevitable consequences of any form of government, as both depend, to a great extent, upon its operation, whatever may be its form.  All that man can accomplish, is to adopt a form, most likely to produce liberty, and containing the best precautions against the introduction of tyranny.” 

Although I’m not sure institutions can hold so much weight without a liberal culture in the first place, Taylor’s words still resonate.

* Just so there is no mistake, I find Taylor’s negative views on African-Americans deplorable.  Unfortunately, these were all too common among some of our Founding Fathers.

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