"Federalist Paper 51" - An Analysis
Analysis of James Madison's use of language in "Federalist Paper 51."
# 144944 | 988 words | 1 source | MLA | 2010 |
Published on Oct 20, 2010 in History (U.S. Presidency) , Political Science (Political Theory) , History (U.S. Birth of the Nation 1750-1800) , Political Science (U.S. Federal Politics)
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This essay gives an in-depth analysis of James Madison's use of language in his famous pamphlet "Federalist Paper 51." In particular, the paper notes how the language is strongly characterized by fear. This fear is described as fear of the power of government, fear of the tyranny of the majority, and fear of factions. Madison's views on democracy and the branches of government are also discussed. The paper concludes by posing the question of what James Madison would think of our government today.
From the Paper:"Division of powers, according to Madison, is vital to safeguard against the vices of democracy, as well as the powers of autocracy, and one arm or man becoming too powerful. Madison says that there is a paradox to government--on one hand, it should be of the people, to prevent government becoming too unrepresentative and greedy, yet government is administered by all-too human people, and elected by all-too human people. 'Splitting the difference' seems to be the logical conclusion he arises at to remedy this paradox: "Ambition must be made to counteract ambition. The interest of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the place. It may be a reflection on human nature, that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government. But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? "
Sample of Sources Used:
- Madison, James. "Federalist Paper 51." Complete E-text available 26 Nov 2008 at http://www.constitution.org/fed/federa51.htm
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