"[I]t is a truth which the experience of all ages has attested,
that the people are always most in danger, when the means of injuring
their rights are in the possession of those of whom
they entertain the least suspicion."
Alexander Hamilton
(1757-1804) American statesman, Secretary of the Treasury
writing as "Publius" in _Federalist No. 25,_ December 21, 1787
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Very self explanatory. Patrons of the statist theocracy that infests this nation are an excellent example of the quote's accuracy.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Its a Truth which harms and hurts most !! A good preventive for this is .... is Not to believe all that another swears by or says with a confirmation or suggestion etc....and to cross check on them.. And most certainly Not to 'act out' on anyone's words...
     -- vedapushpa, Bangalore/India     
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    The means for injuring the rights of it's citizens always rests with the government. That's why we have a Bill of Rights, to protect us from the government. And lord knows, we need it now more than ever.
     -- jim k, Austin,Tx     
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    The reason America is so apathetic. "If society fits you comfortably enough, you call it freedom." Robert Frost
     -- Anonymous     
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    hmmm .......... perhaps this is true? What is certain is that, whatever rights most people had then: have since been eroded. From when that statement was made; agent provecuers, politicians and bankers have ensured the legacy of economic slavery. Denying the people's rights.
     -- Jamie, Nelson     
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    Amen, Jim
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    We are WAY too trusting of our servant government, the talking heads on TV, the boards of education, the religionists -- all peddling fear, submission, and tribute.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    When you read "when the means of injuring their rights are in the possession of those of whom they entertain the least suspicion.”  Besides the state, also read, "the idiots next door who shoot up schools who in turn, vote for the state" 
     -- Andrew, South Africa     

    Logically that would also mean that those least endangering rights are under the most suspicion.  That means that conventional societal structure spend all their time spying on those most supportive to national security.

     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
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