Jefferson: Self-governance and "the field of knowledge"

Final part in a series

“The field of knowledge,” said Thomas Jefferson, “is the common prosperity of all mankind.”

Jefferson’s words are inscribed in big bold letters in the entryway of Monticello’s visitor center. They’re written in architectural perpetuity in Jefferson’s “academical village,” the University of Virginia. They’re enshrined in the very concept of democracy.

“Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government,” Jefferson said. Knowledge enables self-determination.

It’s one of our most fundamental beliefs here at S&R: A properly functioning democracy depends on a well-informed electorate. Continue reading