the basis
of our governments
being the opinion of the people,
the very first object
should be to keep that right;
and were it left to me
to decide
whether we should have
a government without newspapers,
or newspapers without a government,
I should not hesitate a moment
to prefer the latter.
but I should mean
that every man
should receive those papers
& be capable of reading them.

Thomas Jefferson
Letter to Edward Carrington
Paris, 1787

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