I found these quotes from Thomas Jefferson recently, and I can’t stop thinking about ’em.
Not only are they direct and, of course, extraordinarily well-written, they’re still awfully relevant.
They come from letters that Jefferson wrote between 1815-16. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.
“Experience has taught me that manufactures are now as necessary to our independence as to our comfort; and if… [we will purchase] nothing foreign where an equivalent of domestic fabric can be obtained without regard to a difference of price, it will not be our fault if we do not soon have a supply at home equal to our demand, and wrest that weapon of distress from the hand which has wielded it.” –Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Austin, 1816.
“The prohibiting duties we lay on all articles of foreign manufacture which prudence requires us to establish at home, with the patriotic determination of every good citizen to use no foreign article which can be made within ourselves without regard to difference of price, secures us against a relapse into foreign dependency.” –Thomas Jefferson to Jean Baptiste Say, 1815.
“I have come to a resolution myself as I hope every good citizen will, never again to purchase any article of foreign manufacture which can be had of American make, be the difference of price what it may.” –Thomas Jefferson to B. S. Barton, 1815.