Tag Archives: Alexander Hamilton

First Principles: An Active Executive Is Essential To Good Government

“Energy in the executive is a leading character in the definition of good government. It is essential to the protection of the community against foreign attacks; it is not less essential to the steady administration of the laws; to the … Continue reading

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First Principles: As Wealth Accumulates In Few Hands, Virtue Will Decrease and Society Depart from the Republican Standard

“As riches increase and accumulate in few hands, as luxury prevails in society, virtue will be in a greater degree considered as only a graceful appendage of wealth, and the tendency of things will be to depart from the republican … Continue reading

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First Principles: When the Press Corrupts Politics, It is the Press That Is The Means of Our Political Regeneration

“It is the press which has corrupted our political morals — and it is to the press we must look for the means of our political regeneration.”– Alexander Hamilton, 1804 Yes, Virginia, this is not the first time that the … Continue reading

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First Principles: We Cannot Count On Moderation Or Hope To Quell the Ambitions of Others

“Let us recollect that peace or war will not always be left to our option; that however moderate or unambitious we may be, we cannot count upon the moderation, or hope to extinguish the ambition of others.” – Alexander Hamilton … Continue reading

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First Principles: Heavy Taxation Reduces Consumption Which In Turn Reduces Revenue

“If duties are too high, they lessen the consumption; the collection is eluded; and the product to the treasury is not so great as when they are confined within proper and moderate bounds. This forms a complete barrier against any … Continue reading

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First Principles: Heresies In Politics and Religious Are Equally Incurable Through Persecution

“In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution.” – Alexander Hamilton (1787)    

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First Principles: A Prosperous Economy Promotes the Living Standard of All

“To cherish and stimulate the activity of the human mind, by multiplying the objects of enterprise, is not among the least considerable of the expedients, by which the wealth of a nation may be promoted.” – Alexander Hamilton (1791)   … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Constitution Is the Standard For Construction of Law

“The Constitution ought to be the standard of construction for the laws, and that wherever there is an evident opposition, the laws ought to give place to the Constitution.” – Alexander Hamilton (1788)    

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First Principles: To Be Respected and Trusted, We Must Keep Our Agreements

“States, like individuals, who observe their engagements, are respected and trusted: while the reverse is the fate of those who pursue an opposite conduct.” – Alexander Hamilton (1790)      

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First Principles: Every Sensible Person Chooses Liberty

“No man in his senses can hesitate in choosing to be free, rather than a slave.” – Alexander Hamilton (1774)    

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