Essay The Constitution As An Elitist Document

1242 Words Mar 16th, 2015 5 Pages
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 most important factor in the union is to control factions. A faction is a community of people that have a common passion or interest. He says …”none deserves more accurately developed than its tendency to break and control the violence of factions.” (Madison 1788). Madison believed that factions ruined the progress of a well ordered republic. Since members of the U.S. government are also in various factions, great conflict of interest is caused. Madison knows this, “The instability, injustice, and confusion introduced into the public councils have, in truth, been the mortal diseases under which popular governments have everywhere perished.” (Madison 1788).
Madison says that the way to limit factions is either to remove their causes…

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