James Madison's Opinion Why A Republic Is Better Than A Democracy

Madison explains why, in his view, a Republic is better than a
Democracy. His concern with a Democracy is in the formations of factions
(parties). Madison believed that man is selfish and will act in his/her own
self interests in spite of the greater good of humanity (sort of

His solution:

He first argues that if you eliminate the causes of a faction
(religion, political belief, etc.) you would have to eliminate
symptoms...liberty. 'The remedy is worse than the cause.' Obviously this is
preposterous. Therefore, he chose to address how to limit the effects.
A government must be organized so that if an oppressive political
faction gains power, that there ...

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in New York would be limited from
expanding in Mass. by the republican form of government. Today, factions
know no boundaries...obviously.
Well anyway, I think me explanation is longer than #10.


The more factions/parties in government..the better. A republican
form of government is better than a democracy because it limits the effects
of one particular faction over the entire government. Factions are forced
to moderate their views in order to work together. ...

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Added: 7/4/2004 06:45:18 PM
Category: Government
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