- Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 (April … - Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 (April 2, 1743 O.S.) – July 4, 1826) was an American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776) and the third President of the United States (1801–1809).
- Il y a une aristocratie naturelle: certains hommes sont plus talentueux ou vertueux que les autres. Cette aristocratie naturelle est en opposition avec les aristocraties dites artificielles basées sur la naissance ou la fortune.
- L'élection permet de sélectionner ces aristocrates naturelles.
"The artificial aristocracy is a mischievous ingredient in government, and provision should be made to prevent its ascendency.?I think the best remedy is exactly that provided by all our constitutions, to leave to the citizens the free election and separation of the aristoi from the pseudo-aristoi [pseudoaristocrats], of the wheat from the chaff. In general they will elect the really good and wise. In some instances, wealth may corrupt, and birth blind them, but not in sufficient degree to endanger the society."ufficient degree to endanger the society."