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Entry from December 08, 2009
“There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt”

John Adams is often credited with the quotation: “There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword, the other is by debt.” There is no record that Adams ever said it.

The quotation appears in print from only about 2002.

“‘There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword and the other is by debt.’ ~ John Adams, 1826” was posted on Twitter by @libertyswarrior on July 22, 2011. John Adams died in 1826, and there is no evidence that he said this said the quotation in this year.


Wikipedia: John Adams
John Adams (October 30, 1735 – July 4, 1826) was an American politician and the second President of the United States (1797–1801), after being the first Vice President (1789–1797) for two terms. He is regarded as one of the most influential Founding Fathers of the United States.

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“There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword, the other is by debt.”
- John Adams

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“There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.”
John Adams

Google Books
Web of Debt:
The shocking truth about our money system and how we can break free

By Ellen Hodgson Brown
Baton Rouge, LA: Third Millennium Press
2008
Pg. 45:
President John Adams is quoted as saying, “There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.”

4 November 2008, Cowichan News Leader Pictorial (Duncan, BC), “Film opens eyes just in time for last two elections” by Don Maroc, pg. 66:
The World Bank would continue to lend money until the debt was so large the poor country would never be able to pay it back. Two hundred years ago U.S. President James Madison understood what was happening, “There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.”

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31 December 2008, Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer, Letters, pg. A10:
John Adams said: “There are two ways to enslave a nation: One is by the sword and the other is by debt.”
Karl Kofoed. Drexel Hill

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Bankruptcy of Our Nation:
12 key strategies for protecting your finances in these uncertain times

By Jerry Robinson
Green Forest, AR: New Leaf Press
2009
Pg. 207:
There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.
President John Adams)

1 May 2009, Las Vegas (NV) Review-Journal, “Could John Adams even be elected today?,” pg. B6:
And this: “There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.”
- John Adams.

8 October 2010, Daily Mail (London, UK). “Letters: Ruled by Debt,” pg. 41:
JOHN ADAMS, the second U.S. president, said: ‘There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation… one is by the sword, the other is by debt.’ How apt is the second part of that statement. Our bankers, developers and politicians have enslaved us for generations to come and have been rewarded for doing so. True patriotism is a distant memory.
TOM FINN, Cork.

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“"There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword and the other is by debt.” ~ John Adams, 1826”
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RT @libertyswarrior: “There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword and the other is by debt.” ~ John Adams, 1826”
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There are two ways to enslave a country. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.-John Adams 1826
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