Evaluating our Elites

According to James Madison, the proper task of elected representatives—and by extension, any other body of leaders—is to “refine and enlarge the public views by passing them through the medium of a chosen body of citizens, whose wisdom may best discern the true interest of the country and whose patriotism and love of justice willContinue reading “Evaluating our Elites”

What Government is Supposed to Do

Among those of our contemporaries still inclined to ask, many might be surprised to hear what James Madison believed to be the purpose of government. It was not material prosperity, or peace defined as the absence of conflict. Nor was it the defense of individual rights or property interests, per se. Rather, according to Madison:Continue reading “What Government is Supposed to Do”