Who said people should not fear the government government should fear the people?

Thomas Jefferson. Smart man...


The actual quote by Jefferson is "When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."

A variation of this was written by Alan Moore in the V for Vendetta comic book series in the late 1980s (which was made into a movie in 2005). The quote in this was: "People should not fear their government. Government should fear their people."