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Old 26 April 2008, 07:58 PM
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Icon108 Jefferson on Democracy

Comment: Any confirmation on the following quote being attributed to
Thomas Jefferson?

"A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the
people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine."

Seems very uncharacteristic of the man that placed so much faith in the
innate wisdom of the common man.
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Old 26 April 2008, 08:12 PM
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The Washington Post doesn't think so.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...401703_pf.html

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Perhaps proving this very cow-herdedness, however, many have tried to suggest our system of government is all mobbed up by brandishing a Thomas Jefferson quote: "A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine."

Sorry, guys. The esteemed founder never said it. The folks at Monticello's research library witheringly say that old saw has been dogging him for years.
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Old 26 April 2008, 09:55 PM
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The quote sound rather federalist. If it sounds like anyone's opinon, it sounds like the sort of think Hamilton would have said.(assuming it was said by any founder)
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