Happy birthday, James Madison; Let’s find a new quote for you

Tuesday, March 16, will be the birthday of James Madison, who is often referred to as a founding father championing open government.

Most often you’ll see this quote referred to him: “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.” However, this quote was in reference to the public school system, not open government.

It’s a great quote, regardless, but maybe it’s time to shake things up a little and use some of his other good lines:

“Despotism can only exist in darkness.”

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.”

“The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.”

Do you have a favorite open government quote? Post them here and share the quotables!

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