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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

A FOUNDING FATHER'S VIEW OF DEMOCRACY

During our recent study of "The Federalist Papers," I stumbled upon this fascinating comment from James Madison. Here is one of our founding fathers expounding upon his deep-seated distrust of democracy in the context of supporting a republican form of government.
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“. . . [D]emocracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths. Theoretic politicians, who have patronized this species of government, have erroneously supposed that by reducing mankind to a perfect equality in their political rights, they would at the same time be perfectly equalized and assimilated in their possessions, their opinions, and their passions.”


-The Federalist Papers. Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay ed. by Clinton Rossiter ( New York: New American Library. )