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John Adams on the American Character

“But there is so much Rascallity [sic], so much Venality and Corruption, so much Avarice and Ambition such a Rage for Profit and Commerce among all Ranks and Degrees of Men even in America, that I sometimes doubt whether there is public Virtue enough to Support a Republic.”

John Adams

1 thought on “John Adams on the American Character”

  1. On days when I am especially frustrated, I start to agree with Plato, and believe that we just need a benevolent dictator. But, ultimately, despite the avarice and ambition, I still feel that the best viable option we’re presented with is a democratic republic (but maybe we could just be slightly more like Norway?).


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