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The Price Democracy Exacts
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Posted By: Garnet, 5/3/2021 6:11:14 AM

In an 1816 letter to his friend Charles Yancey, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “The functionaries of every government have propensities to command at will the liberty and property of their constituents. There is no safe deposit for these but with the people themselves, nor can they be safe with them without information.” Jefferson was making the case for taxpayer-funded public schools. He believed an educated electorate with access to a free press would be proof against the government’s inclination to encroach upon our liberties. One wonders if he would take such a sanguine view after witnessing what passes for education and news reporting today.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: HotRod 5/3/2021 8:21:03 AM (No. 773887)
What's the difference between taxing and stealing? With a corrupt government, NOTHING! Who allows themselves to be fleeced? Sheep!
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Reply 2 - Posted by: weirdone 5/3/2021 8:47:25 AM (No. 773911)
Very true # 1. There is also a difference between education and indoctrination, a free press and a propaganda machine.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: petrichor 5/3/2021 9:15:38 AM (No. 773951)
If there is any role for a Department of Education is must be to insure that all public schools are educating. That would include public universities, too. If they can't do that, DOE need not exist.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: red1066 5/3/2021 10:27:13 AM (No. 774029)
Has there ever been an incidence of socialists or whatever existed in Jefferson's time a political group taking over an education system to basically brainwash a future generation to overthrow a government? The general population back in Jefferson's time didn't go to school, so teaching a future generation to hate it's own government and founding wasn't taught, it was mostly spread by word of mouth. So Jefferson probably never thought that such a thing could happen through standardized education in schools.
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