Madison's Main Arguments Against The Tyranny Of The United States

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James Madison’s main argument is that factions are a problem in a well governed society, and that that a good republic should prevent the tyranny of the majority, and protect the rights of the minorities. The constitution of The United States, and The Federalist Papers both outline how a proper republic should be established, with strategies to limit the impact of factions, and create majority and minority rights. Michael Parenti wrote “The Constitution as an Elitist Document”, in which he argues against some of the points made in the Constitution and in the Federalist Papers. John Roche writes “The Founding Fathers: A Reform Caucus in Action”, he argues overwhelmingly in favor of Madison.
In Federalist Paper #10, Madison argues that the
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The way to keep each department powerful …”consists in giving to those who administer each department the necessary motives to resist encroachment of the others.” (Madison 1788). Another prominent point that Madison makes is, if the majority powers of the common people are submitted to the government, the power must be secured doubly. Also, he says “In a free government the security for civil rights must be the same as that for religious rights.” (Madison 1788). Meaning, in American society the government should protect the rights of political and religious expression of all …show more content…
Unlike Partenti, Roche said that the Constitutional Convention was a discussion to create democratic reform. He believed that the founding fathers actually cared about building a fair democracy. Roche also explained that the founding fathers were not all rich and white, and that their main goal was not to create a document that only benefitted them, but had in mind the entire population. “The great achievement of the Constitutionalists was their ultimate success in convincing the elected representatives of a majority of the white male population that change was imperative.” (Roche 1961), to Roche this means that the founding fathers achieved a

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