James MadisonJames Madison, (1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President

James Madison Quote

“There is no maxim in my opinion which is more liable to be misapplied, and which therefore needs elucidation than the current one that the interest of the majority is the political standard of right and wrong…. In fact it is only reestablishing under another name and a more specious form, force as the measure of right….”

James MadisonJames Madison
~ James Madison

letter to James Monroe, October 5, 1786

Ratings and Comments


Mike, Norwalk

The closer man's tools (codes, ordinances, regulations, rules, statutes, etc.) get to describing a specific natural law, the greater the liberty, freedom, prosperity, justice and inalienable rights expression. The more the majority attempts to legislate its religious morality (force is the measure of right), the greater the despotism, tyranny, poverty, injustice and usurpation of rights.

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