A Warning from George Washington’s Farewell Speech

George Washington“The spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension…leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.”


3 responses to “A Warning from George Washington’s Farewell Speech

  1. Horace Krever

    Hodie, “la commedia e finita”.

  2. The comedy may end tonight, but I’m afraid the tragedy is just beginning. Yesterday’s editorial in the NYT pinpoints the greatest danger: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/07/opinion/a-coup-against-the-supreme-court.html?src=me&_r=0

  3. Avivah Wargon

    I have nothing to add except my gratitude for this all-too-apt post and the very relevant responses. Thanks, all three of you.