George Mason on How Governments Can Become Oppressive

In April 1775, founder George Mason (1725-1792) wrote how a government established by free people could, over time, become oppressive. His document entitled "Remarks on Annual Elections for the Fairfax Independent Company" came in the context of organizing a militia company representing Fairfax County, Virginia, where today George Mason University exists. Mason, and his friend George Washington, ordered gunpowder for the Company and guaranteed payment with their own credit while money was collected from "titheable persons." Mason wrote: "We came equals into this world, and equals shall we go out of it. All men are by nature born equally free and independent. To protect the weaker from the injuries and insults of the stronger were societies first formed; when men entered into compacts to give up some of their natural rights, that by union and mutual assistance they might secure the rest; but they gave up no more that the nature of the thing required. Every society, all government, and...(Read Full Post)