The Remedy

“I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.”

Thomas Jefferson, 1820

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12 comments on “The Remedy

  1. Food. May the wholesome discretion of the people as it relates to food be enlightened.

    Imagine if we the people where as curious about food as was Jefferson..

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  2. nebraskadave says:

    Bill, I agree with Jefferson entirely but it seems that the education the media is feeding us is not the right education to get us back on track. We are left to educate and inform ourselves. There was a time when journalists reported and wrote about just the facts but bias has crept in over the years and some times facts are just a little swayed. It really is difficult to try to educate people when they are convinced that their favorite news reporter on TV is right and correct. It amazes me what people will actually believe to be true. One of the reasons I visit this blog each day is to remind me that I’m not alone in the desire to educate people about how our food has changed and why I grow my own instead of just going the two miles to Walmart and buying the food there.

    I was impressed with the young man that met with me from the city health department to talk about improving city neighborhoods. His mentality was focused on cleaning up the vacant city lots but was very open to community gardens as a way to keep the weeds under control. The thrust was to actually take money set aside by the city to improve 30 houses in the area of my second property with up to $40,000 for each house improvement. So their is hope that community gardens are on the rise in my city.

    Have a great Jefferson remedy day.

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    • Bill says:

      The media does not exist to educate or inform us. It is a platform for selling advertising. It’s ultimate purpose is to persuade us to buy things. If we want to be informed or educated, the media isn’t the place to look.

      I’m really glad your city is receptive to community gardens. That is evidence of a movement is sweeping across the country right now (albeit slowly) that has great promise.

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  3. shoreacres says:

    Jefferson was exactly right. Abuses of Constitutional power abound today. So does propaganda. We have rather a task set before us.

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    • Bill says:

      If so, then Mr. Jefferson has suggested the proper remedy. There has never been a time in American history, and likely never will be, when it wasn’t widely believed that abuses of constitutional power were occurring. An educated vigilant citizenry will always be necessary.

      By the way, I borrowed this quote from your friend Vivian’s blog.

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  4. Eumaeus says:

    “soon we’ll find out who is the real revolutionary” so says Bob Marley. TJ has been on the list.

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    • Bill says:

      I love seeing two of my favorite philosophers/social commentators mentioned in a comment. 🙂

      Perhaps it’s not too late to imagine a virtuous citizenry comprised of small farmers and shopkeepers.

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  5. EllaDee says:

    Thomas Jefferson’s sentiments remain valid, possibly more so, but I would mitigate contemporary risk by qualifying… inform via giving of facts as opposed to information, and education as an enlightening experience rather than systematic instruction of expedient information.

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  6. Wise, wise words. –Curt

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