For a country to have a great writer is like having a second government. That is why no regime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones.
Government is a trust, and the officers of the government are trustees. And both the trust and the trustees are created for the benefit of the people.
So confident am I in the intentions, as well as wisdom, of the government, that I shall always be satisfied that what is not done, either cannot, or ought not to be done.
Whatever it is that the government does, sensible Americans would prefer that the government does it to somebody else. This is the idea behind foreign policy.
I would not give half a guinea to live under one form of government other than another. It is of no moment to the happiness of an individual.