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On the Necessity of Government (according to Madison)

The problem of Governance is hardly insightful, predating angles in fact. Only in a monotheistic religion are lesser gods demoted to angels. Used as an ideal for the conduct, the model citizen should start with knowledge and build from there. The problem, you see, is threefold!

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On the Necessity of Government (according to Madison)

If men were angels, no government would be necessary.

- James Madison (1751-1836)

Angel with a Broken Möbius - History Repeats Itself in Uniquely Different Ways

Angel with a Broken Möbius - History Repeats Itself in Uniquely Different Ways

On the Necessity of Government (according to Madison)

Inspired by James Madison's (1751-1836) quote, "If men were angels, no government would be necessary". The titled responsion is...

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If men were angels, there would be no need for government. It might be a sign of human weakness, that these very devices must be necessary in order to regulate the abuses of free government. But are we really any different from angels in the way we perceive the world? If men were angels, and there was no government, what would you say would happen to society?

If men were angels, I would say it is our greatest moral failing to allow men to take away the power of government and use it against their fellow man. There is nothing eviler than to have a government that is run by men who don't even know the laws exist. If people can't make it work and we put all of the power of the state in their hands, what kind of a society will we have? Will we still have the problems we have now, such as war and violence?

There are some that will say that men were created good, but they are very quick to point out that we have not accomplished anything yet, and we are not any closer to achieving peace. Yes, we have the technology to make our own space ships, and some of us have made our own satellite systems. But the fact of the matter is that we still have more work to do and that the only way we can get there is by taking control of the resources available to us, and then working together to solve our common problems. If men had angels around them, all they would have to do is turn off their lights and let the sunset, and the whole world would still be burning.


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James Madison

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