Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people…

Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people…

Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people… --John Adams

Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right, from the frame of their nature, to knowledge, as their great Creator, who does nothing in vain, has given them understandings, and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge; I mean, of the characters and conduct of their rulers.

John Adams

Year: 1765
Context: Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law
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Important: “…but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge; I mean, of the characters and conduct of their rulers.”

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