Madison on Democracies

Madison on Democriacies 

Founder's Quote Daily

“[D]emocracies 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 No. 10, 1787

Well, as far as the life-spans of sociocultures go, two centuries is not long. Mr. Madison appears to be describing our current condition fairly well. God forbid the “violent death” part!

Remember, in a democracy, the voting citizens are likely to get exactly what they deserve.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.   5/20/10

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