First Principles: Passion Never Fails To Wrest the Scepter From Reason

“In all very numerous assemblies, of whatever character composed, passion never fails to wrest the sceptre from reason. … Had every Athenian citizen been a Socrates, every Athenian assembly would still have been a mob.” – Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 55 (February 15, 1788)


We live in a republic not a ‘democracy’.  Please see the US Constitution itself as well as the Federalist Papers on the dangers of ‘democracy’.  To give the vote to all without wisdom breeds demagoguery which in turn brings rise to anarchy, chaos and disrupts society which historically eventually brings rise to tyranny.  Please think on this and review the referenced material starting with Socrates onward to obtain a fuller understanding of a fundamental component of our republic that is all but overlooked in the modern to post-modernist ages.   Assuredly, it’s not just a matter of semantics.



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