Democracy? No! James Madison explains

“…democracies 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…”  James Madison, Federalist #10, 1787-1788

The federal government was purposely designed in a way to prevent becoming a democracy in the future.  America was designed as a Republic, not a democracy.  What is the difference?  What is the weakness of a democracy when compared to a Republic?  Democracy has no restraint on government power and allows government and its minions to create and use unlimited power and force against the individual.

The term “Democracy” (?like “fair“?) is not included in the Declaration of Independence or Constitution of our nation or the Constitution of any of the 50 states.  James Madison explained why a democracy was purposely NOT chosen for the proposed new Federal Government.  What was the reason?  The causes of faction and the planned way of dealing with the problem for preventing faction.  Madison explains:

By a faction, I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adversed to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.

“The inference to which we are brought is, that the causes of faction cannot be removed, and that relief is only to be sought in the means of controlling its effects.”

Many will ponder; What is faction?  Why is Madison writing and explaining the subject of “faction”?  Recognize, admit and accept ignorance.  Ignorance, not in a pejorative sense.  Ignorance in a good way.  Realize there is so much “we” truly do not understand.  Be curious, explore, learn, and seek understanding.

The transition in education and the public use by leaders’ arguing for true “democracy” was purposeful in order to remove the chains built to prevent the inevitable wrongs “faction” allows with unlimited power.  Engender ignorance in “the People” with a false sense of knowledge and thereby remove the protections which prohibit and restrain faction.  Then create, expand, and magnify faction, in order to use unlimited power to destroy the individual, and thereby extinguish liberty.

Is this the raison d’être for “community organizing”?

Consider with more context Madison’s thoughts:

…  From this view of the subject it may be concluded that a pure democracy, by which I mean a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person, can admit of no cure for the mischiefs of faction.  A common passion or interest will, in almost every case, be felt by a majority of the whole;  a communication and concert result from the form of government itself;  and there is nothing to check the inducements to sacrifice the weaker party or an obnoxious individual.  Hence it is that such democracies 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….

A republic, by which I mean a government in which the scheme of representation takes place, opens a different prospect, and promises the cure for which we are seeking.

“the cure” ?  The cure to preventing the creation and use of the unlimited power that faction provides.

Learn how a Republic cures the inherent problems of a Democracy in Federalist # 10 here.   This 10 minute video explains by comparing and contrasting the various forms of government and why our founders worked to prevent “democracy”.  Learn and understand for yourself why America is not a democracy.  Then educate your friends, neighbors, and relatives.

Illuminate truth, spread understanding, and thereby identify false prophets.


4 thoughts on “Democracy? No! James Madison explains

  1. Republic…Yes !………. Democracy…No !!

    America is full of people and Agendas today that parse words and twist meanings towards THEIR OWN ENDS. It is playbook #1 for Progressives and socialists. Unfortunately many of them are clandestine. It would be best for us to remember the old wisdom ….

    Be wary of false prophets …. Both religious and Secular.

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