Federalist 49 – Madison

In Federalist 49, James Madison tackles the problem of encroachments of one department of the government on the others.  In this essay he directly confronts a proposal put forward by Thomas Jefferson in the Notes on the State of Virginia.  In critiquing Jefferson’s proposal, Madison employs rhetoric that sounds like it could have been issued from the pen of Edmund Burke.  In fact this essay predates Thoughts on the Revolution in France by three years, so perhaps it was Burke who would later imitate Madison.  I mainly jest, but here is the document which demonstrates better than any other the philosophical differences between Jefferson and Madison.

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Published in: on July 27, 2011 at 12:45 pm  Comments Off on Federalist 49 – Madison  

A Republic, If You Can Keep It

The Founding Fathers, as a group, were a band of very wise men.  Perhaps the wisest was Benjamin Franklin, a rare combination of genius and solid common sense.  He also had that attribute of truly wise people:  the sense to hide his intellect to some extent behind a fog of good humor.  How fortunate for America that throughout his life he placed his intellect at the service of his country, a country he understood at an early date embraced all of the colonies in British America. (more…)

Published in: on July 27, 2011 at 5:30 am  Comments Off on A Republic, If You Can Keep It  
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