“The Very Definition of Tyranny”

The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a  few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny. – James Madison, Federalist 47 In this Federalist Paper, Madison takes on objections that the new Constitution fails to adequately distinguish the

“A Government Administered by Men Over Men”

James Madison writes of both the necessity of government that arises from human nature and of the necessity to control government that arises from human nature: It may be a reflection on human nature that such devices [separation and balancing of powers] should be necessary to control the abuses of government. But what is government itself