… is from Forrest Macdonald’s 1985 book page 75 of the latter; Novus Ordo Seclorum: The Intellectual Origin of the Constitution (footnote deleted)
John Taylor of Caroline put it succinctly: “The more a nation depends for its independence on the qualities of individuals, the less likely it is to survive. By protecting the public good from private good, we expose ourselves to public evil from private conduct. Taylor elaborated on the importance of the structure of political institutions to republican liberty.
DBXPersonal virtue is wonderful, and essential to the good of a society. But personal virtue is not enough. Good institutions are also important—above all, institutions that check arbitrary power and disperse decision-making authorities.
Shown in the picture John Taylor of Caroline.
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