The Republic

Tune in to your local public radio or join the 1776 Club to hear this episode of What Would Thomas Jefferson Do? 

For further reading regarding this episode, take a look at the Thomas Jefferson Foundation's file on the quote, often attributed to Jefferson: "That government is best which governs least."

Also of interest is Jefferson's letter to James Madison, made available by the University of Chicago, where the third president writes, "I own I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive."


"It's essential for us to have a very limited government."

"It's essential for us to have a very limited government."

"If the people are well-informed, they will make wise decisions."

"If the people are well-informed, they will make wise decisions."


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