If ever, on any occasion, it were laudable to conceal truth from the
populace, it must be confessed that the doctrine of resistance affords
such an example, and that all speculative reasoners ought to observe,
with regard to this principle, the same cautious silence, which the
law in every species of government have ever prescribed to themselves.
Government is instituted in order to restrain the fury and
injustice of the people, and is being always founded on opinion, not
on force, it is dangerous to weaken, by these speculations, the reverence
which the multitude owe to authority, and to instruct them
beforehand that the case can ever happen when they may be freed
from their duty of allegiance. Or should it be found impossible to
restrain the licence of human disquisitions, it must be acknowledged
that the doctrine of obedience ought alone to be inculcated and that
exceptions, which are rare, ought never or seldom be mentioned in
popular reasoning or discourses.
History of England – Scumbag David Hume