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A republican, or free government, can only exist where the body of the people are virtuous and where property is pretty equally divided; in such a government the people are the sovereign and their sense or opinion is the criterion for every public measure; for when this ceases to be the case, the nature of the government is changed, and an aristocracy, monarchy, or despotism will rise on its ruin. The highest responsibility is to be attained in a simple struction of government, for the great body of the people never steadily attend to the operations of the government, and for want of due information are liable to be imposed on.

Centinel, The Anti-Federalists