“If the body of the people will not govern themselves, and govern themselves well too, the consequence is unavoidable—a FEW will, and must govern them.
Then it is that government becomes truly a government by force only, where men relinquish part of their natural rights to secure the rest, instead of an union of will and force, to protect all their natural rights, which ought to be the foundation of every rightful social compact.”
– John Francis Mercer (A [Maryland] Farmer), Anti-Federalist No. 3, “New Constitution Creates a National Government, Will not Abate Foreign Influence, Dangers of Civil War and Despotism,” Maryland Gazette and Baltimore Advertiser, March 7, 1788
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