Light for Liberty …Thomas Jefferson … Ignorant and Free Never Will Be

Lies Subvert Democracy

LIES believed by voters subvert democracy
with the same effect of stealing votes
as if ballots were physically changed.

the whole art of government consists in the art of being honest.

Thomas Jefferson July 1774



….he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods & errors.


Thomas Jefferson to John Norvell  14 June 1807

People never give up their liberties but under some delusion.

EDMUND BURKE, speech at County Meeting of Bucks, 1784


Lies Subvert Democracy

Lies Subvert Democracy
Ignorant and Free Never will Be
Thomas Jefferson

He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world’s believing him. This falsehood of tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good dispositions.


Thomas Jefferson 1785

Wikiquote   Letter to his nephew Peter Carr from Paris, France (19 August 1785).


No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions.

Wikiquote Letter to Judge John Tyler (June 28, 1804)


To your request of my opinion of the manner in which a newspaper should be conducted, so as to be most useful, I should answer, “by restraining it to true facts & sound principles only.” Yet I fear such a paper would find few subscribers. It is a melancholy truth, that a suppression of the press could not more completely deprive the nation of its benefits, than is done by its abandoned prostitution to falsehood. Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day. . . . I will add, that the man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods & errors. He who reads nothing will still learn the great facts, and the details are all false.

Wikiquote Letter to John Norvell (11 June 1807). Original and transcript





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Lies Subvert Democracy

Lies Subvert Democracy