Madison 's Proposed Remedies For The Problem Of Factions

1807 Words 7 Pages
• Madison was speaking of bodies of countrymen who make an effort to promote their plans or economic ideals at the price of other citizens or in ways that conflict with the public good. They are also known as special-interest groups. In many governments they have come to control all of the central power, which would be a bad thing as all power would be ruled by one faction that would control the country and not improbably become oppressive. The biggest challenge for the Framers was to organize a government where monopolization would not be conceivable. To produce a political system that would be powerful enough to sustain regulation but would not jeopardize freedom.

• Explain Madison’s proposed remedies for the problem of factions.
• One way to deal with these groups was to prevent whatever perpetuates them to emerge in the first place. This can be endeavored in two ways. First, government can strip people of their right to assemble: "Liberty is to faction what air is to fire." But that is surely a cure "worse than the disease. "Secondly, steps can be implemented to make all residents share the same beliefs, opinions, and fiscal dispositions. However, Madison believed some citizens are cleverer or more disciplined than others, and this "diversity in the faculties" of civilians is assured to sequel in various monetary strategies. Madison thus suggests a more feasible and advisable way of thwarting factions. The best way therefore, to cure "the mischiefs of faction" is not

Related Documents