„True republicanism is the sovereignty of the people. There are natural and imprescriptible rights which an entire nation has no right to violate“

— Marquês de La Fayette, Context: True republicanism is the sovereignty of the people. There are natural and imprescriptible rights which an entire nation has no right to violate, just as national sovereignty is above the secondary agreements of the government. Speech (3 January 1834), quoted in Lafayette in Two Worlds: Public Cultures and Personal Identities in an Age of Revolutions (1999), p. 256

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político francês 1757 - 1834
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