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First Principles: There Is A Degree of Depravity In Mankind Which Requires A Certain Degree of Circumspection and Distrust

“As there is a degree of depravity in mankind which requires a certain degree of circumspection and distrust.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 55 (1788)

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First Principles: That Is No Maxim…More Liable To Be Misapplied… Than… That…the Interest of the Majority Is the Political Standard of Right and Wrong

“There is no maxim in my opinion which is more liable to be misapplied, and which therefore needs elucidation than the current one that the interest of the majority is the political standard of right and wrong.” – James Madison … Continue reading

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First Principles: Truth, Not the Word of Teachers

“Truth, not the word of teachers.” – James Madison Veritas non verba magistri. James Madison’s seal used on his important documents. Loosely it means “Think for yourself.” I have chosen the stronger translation because in times when the NYT literally … Continue reading

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First Principles: A Universal Peace…Will Never Exist But In the Imaginations of Visionary Philosophers

“A universal peace, it is to be feared, is in the catalogue of events, which will never exist but in the imaginations of visionary philosophers, or in the breasts of benevolent enthusiasts.” – James Madison (1792)

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Thought For the Day: Men Like …James Madison…Hoped Our Constitutional Republic Would Last For Ages, Mitigate the Problems That…Arise…From Political Factions and Prevent Tyranny

“Men of great intellect and wisdom like James Madison, the father of our Constitution, hoped our constitutional republic would last for ages, mitigate the problems that would naturally arise from political factions, and prevent tyranny. Our Constitution gave only a … Continue reading

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First Principle: The Ultimate Authority Resides In the People Alone

“The ultimate authority … resides in the people alone. … The advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation … forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any…” … Continue reading

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First Principles: We Base All Our Experiments On the Capacity of Mankind For Self-Government

“We base all our experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government.” – James Madison    

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First Principles: We Base All Our Experiments On the Capacity of Mankind For Self-Government

“We base all our experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government.” – James Madison      

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First Principles: If Individuals Be Not Influenced By Moral Principles; It Is In Vain To Look For Public Virtue

“If individuals be not influenced by moral principles; it is in vain to look for public virtue; it is, therefore, the duty of legislators to enforce, both by precept and example, the utility, as well as the necessity of a … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Very Definition of Tyranny Is When All Powers Are Gathered Under One Place

“The very definition of tyranny is when all powers are gathered under one place.” – James Madison in The Federalist No. 47      

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