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James Madison: “Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy”

2 November 2016

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“A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

James Madison, letter to W.T. Barry, August 4, 1822

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