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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: Power Is the Essence of Government and Ever Liable To Abuse

“The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.” – James Madison (1829)      

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First Principles: The Necessity of Any Government Is A Misfortune

“It has been said that all Government is an evil. It would be more proper to say that the necessity of any Government is a misfortune.”  – James Madison, 1833      

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