Information is the currency of democracy (Quotation)
From Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia
Quotation: "Information is the currency of democracy."
- "Information is the currency of democracies."
Sources consulted: Searching on the phrase "currency of democracy"
- Monticello website
- Ford's Works of Thomas Jefferson
- L&B (CD-ROM version)
- UVA EText Jefferson Digital Archive: Jeffersonian Cyclopedia, Thomas Jefferson on Politics and Government, Texts by or to Thomas Jefferson from the Modern English Collection
- Thomas Jefferson Papers at the Library of Congress
- Thomas Jefferson Retirement Papers
- Quotable Jefferson (searching in the index under "information")
- Bartleby.com: Quotations
Other attributions: Ralph Nader
Status: We currently have no evidence to confirm that Thomas Jefferson ever said or wrote, "Information is the currency of democracy."
Comments: The earliest known attribution to Thomas Jefferson (in print) is 1991, although this may have happened earlier. Print sources more commonly attribute this quotation to Ralph Nader.
- ↑ Proc. Annual Newspaper Guild Convention (s.n., 1971), 8.
- ↑ To establish the earliest appearance of this phrase in print, the following sources were searched for the phrase, "information is the currency of democracy": Google Books, Google Scholar, Amazon.com, Internet Archive, America's Historical Newspapers, American Broadsides and Ephemera Series I, Early American Imprints Series I and II, Early English Books Online, Eighteenth Century Collections Online, 19th Century U.S. Newspapers, American Periodicals Series Online, JSTOR.
- ↑ United States General Accounting Office, U.S. Communications Policy: Issues for the 1990s: Panelists' Remarks (Washington, D.C.: U.S. General Accounting Office, 1991), 146.
- UVA EText Jefferson Digital Archive: Thomas Jefferson on Politics and Government. "The Safest Depository." http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/jefferson/quotations/jeff0350.htm