Safety from external danger is the most powerful director of national conduct. Even the ardent love of liberty will, after a time, give way to its dictates.
The violent destruction of life and property incident to war, the continual effort and alarm attendant on a state of continual danger, will compel nations the most attached to liberty to resort for repose and security to institutions which have a tendency to destroy their civil and political rights.
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To be more safe, they at length become willing to run the risk of being less free.”
– Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 8, “Consequences of Hostilities Between the States,” New York Packet, November 20, 1787; “
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