Thomas Jefferson's Vision

US Capitol Building c1800United States Capitol Building circa 1800

Jefferson had specific ideas for how to make a republican democracy that did not perpetuate the aristocracy systems of Europe.



In his own words:

"I considered 4 of these bills, passed or reported, as forming a system by which every fibre would be eradicated of antient or future aristocracy; and a foundation laid for a government truly republican."

-Thomas Jefferson, 1821

"another means of silently lessening the inequality of property is to exempt all from taxation below a certain point, and to tax the higher portions of property in geometrical progression as they rise.”

-Thomas Jefferson, 1785