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“I am more and more convinced that man is a dangerous creature, and that power, whether vested in many or few, is ever grasping, and like the grave cries ‘Give, give!’ The great fish swallow up the small, and he who is most strenuous for the rights of the people, when vested with power, is eager after the prerogatives of government. You tell me of degrees of perfection to which human nature of capable of arriving, and I believe it, but at the same time lament that our admiration should arise from the scarcity of the instances.”

~ Abigail Adams, in a letter (1775)

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