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Alexander Hamilton

Datum narození: 11. leden 1755
Datum úmrtí: 12. červenec 1804

Alexander Hamilton byl americký voják, právník, ekonom, jeden z Otců zakladatelů a 1. ministr financí Spojených států amerických. Je spoluatorem Federálních listů sloužících k volnější interpretaci Ústavy Spojených států pro příjímání budoucích zákonů. Roku 1791 založil Federalistickou stranu Spojených států, první politickou stranu ve Spojených státech, předchůdce dnešní Republikánské strany Spojených států. Jako ministr financí razil koncepci převzetí státního dluhu jednotlivých států USA federální vládou, vytvoření společného rozpočtu a s podporou George Washingtona také ustavení centrální banky USA, za což byl kritizován z řad formující se opozice v čele s Thomasem Jeffersonem a Jamesem Madisonem, neboť si tuto snahu sjednocení a kontroly mnozí ztotožnili s předešlou britskou nadvládou. Hamilton se znelíbil též politickou odměřeností, jakou choval k událostem Velké francouzské revoluce, s níž v té době většina obyvatel USA sympatizovala.

Citáty Alexander Hamilton

„Moudrá stará zásada říká: Hoří-li sousedův dům, musíme se starat o svůj vlastní.“

„Men give me credit for some genius. All the genius I have lies in this; when I have a subject in hand, I study it profoundly. Day and night it is before me. My mind becomes pervaded with it. Then the effort that I have made is what people are pleased to call the fruit of genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought.“

„The constitution shall never be construed... to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.“

„Give all the power to the many, they will oppress the few. Give all the power to the few, they will oppress the many.“

„A well adjusted person is one who makes the same mistake twice without getting nervous.“

„Those who stand for nothing fall for everything.“ Writings

„The art of reading is to skip judiciously.“

„I never expect a perfect work from an imperfect man.“

„A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master, and deserves one.“

„There are seasons in every country when noise and impudence pass current for worth; and in popular commotions especially, the clamors of interested and factious men are often mistaken for patriotism.“

„The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the Hand of Divinity itself, and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.“

„Safety from external danger is the most powerful director of national conduct. Even the ardent love of liberty will, after a time, give way to its dictates. The violent destruction of life and property incident to war, the continual effort and alarm attendant on a state of continual danger, will compel nations the most attached to liberty to resort for repose and security to institutions which have a tendency to destroy their civil and political rights. To be more safe, they at length become willing to run the risk of being less free.“ The Federalist Papers

„It has been frequently remarked, that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country to decide, by their conduct and example, the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not, of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend, for their political constitutions, on accident and force.“ The Federalist Papers

„On the other hand, it will be equally forgotten that the vigor of government is essential to the security of liberty; that, in the contemplation of a sound and well-informed judgment, their interest can never be separated; and that a dangerous ambition more often lurks behind the specious mask of zeal for the rights of the people than under the forbidden appearance of zeal for the firmness and efficiency of government. History will teach us that the former has been found a much more certain road to the introduction of despotism than the latter, and that of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people; commencing demagogues, and ending tyrants.“ The Federalist Papers

„Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of man will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint.“

„When occasions present themselves in which the interests of the people are at variance with their inclinations, it is the duty of the persons whom they have appointed to be the guardians of those interests to withstand the temporary delusion in order to give them time and opportunity for more cool and sedate reflection. Instances might be cited in which a conduct of this kind has saved the people from very fatal consequences of their own mistakes, and has procured lasting monuments of their gratitude to the men who had courage and magnanimity enough to serve them at the peril of their displeasure.“ The Federalist Papers

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