Madison discusses how a large, republican government can mitigate the effects of factions.
One of the more well-known founding fathers, James Madison was the primary author of the U.S. Constitution, the author of the Bill of Rights, and our fourth president. Along with Alexander Hamilton and John Jay, Madison wrote the Federalist Papers, and, in collaboration with Thomas Jefferson, organized the Republican, now known as the Democratic-Republican, Party.
Narrowly, we have property rights to things, but in the broader, more correct sense, all the rights we posses are property rights.
Samples explores James Madison’s life by examining his motivations in drafting and later defending the United States Constitution.
James Madison was the fourth President of the United States and was the chief architect of the United States Constitution.
Donald Kochan reviews James Madison’s essay, “Property.”
William Connelly believes many of the “flaws” in Congress identified by critics arise from the Constitution.
James Madison was instrumental in creating the values behind the United States Constitution, both as one of its primary authors and in his own writings.
Samples discusses some of the failures of the constitution, wondering if it can truly be a government limiting document.
The contents and necessity of the first 10 Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, first debated by Federalists and Anti-Federalists, remains relevant today.
One of the major debates over the U.S. Constitution was between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists, largely over the role of the states and a Bill of Rights.
Smith discusses the major criticism of natural rights and the consent theory of government – that these doctrines will land us in anarchy.
In the history of American politics there are few stories as enigmatic as that of Hamilton and Madison’s personal feud.
Smith discusses some major controversies provoked by the debate over ratification of the U.S. Constitution.
Charles de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu, wrote a theory of limited government that inspired American constitutional design and philosophy.
Tom W. Bell explains how the rule of law is a critical part of a free and tolerant society.
Thomas Jefferson, the main author of the Declaration of Independence, contributed some of the most important ideas to early US political theory.
To bake or not to bake?—What would those who actually ratified the First Amendment do?