"As for France and England

…with all their preeminence in science, the one is a den of robbers, and the other of pirates. And if science produces no better fruits than tyranny, murder, rapine and destitution of national morality, I would rather wish our country to be ignorant, honest and estimable, as our neighboring savages are.”

—Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, January 21, 1812

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