Thomas Jefferson on Politics & Government

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"The principles of Jefferson are the axioms of a free society." --Abraham Lincoln


    I. The Fundamentals of Government

  1. Inalienable Rights
  2. Securing Rights
  3. Moral Principles
  4. Moral Degeneracy
  5. The Sovereignty of the People
  6. The Safest Depository

    II. The Theory of Republican Government

  7. Republican Principles
  8. Majority Rule
  9. Self-Government
  10. Good Government
  11. Governed by Reason
  12. Difference of Opinion
  13. Political Parties

    III. The Structure of Republican Government

  14. Constitutions: State & Federal
  15. The Bill of Rights
  16. Amending the Constitution
  17. Interpreting the Constitution
  18. Judicial Review
  19. Separation of Powers: Federal and State
  20. Against Consolidated Government
  21. Separation of Powers: Legislative, Executive, and Judicial
  22. Elective Government
  23. Legislative Branch
  24. The Legislators
  25. Executive Branch
  26. Presidential Elections
  27. The Art of Governing
  28. Duties of the Executive
  29. Judicial Branch

    IV. Government Policy in a Republic

  30. The Justice System
  31. Immigration Policy
  32. Racial Policy
  33. Native American Policy
  34. Public Works & Public Assistance
  35. Commerce & Agriculture
  36. Money & Banking
  37. Taxation & Fiscal Responsibility
  38. The National Debt
  39. Educating the People
  40. Publicly Supported Education
  41. Foreign Relations
  42. The Rights of Nations
  43. Foreign Commerce
  44. Peace & War
  45. Unavoidable Wars
  46. A Republic at War
  47. The Military & the Militia

    V. Citizen Rights in a Republic

  48. Civil Rights

        Free Correspondence
        Freedom of Conscience
        The Right to Bear Arms
        Other Rights

  49. Juridical Rights

        Habeas Corpus
        Trial by Jury

  50. Property Rights
  51. Freedom of the Press
  52. Freedom of Religion

    VI. The Prospects for Self-Government

  53. Duties of Citizens
  54. The Spread of Self-Government
  55. Revolution and Reformation
  56. The Future of Democracy in America


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