Category Archives: Madison

Why do we look for a perfect government?

What is the point of trying to finding a perfect government? Or one that will function enough to learn from past mistakes and its own mistakes to make itself stronger in the future. Every single time a government is formed, … Continue reading

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Plutonic Oligarchy

A brief summary of a report from Princeton and Northwestern universities that proves America is an Oligarchy is linked here. Noam Chomsky explains how America really functions as a capitalistic democracy that mirrors nothing of true democracy in this article … Continue reading

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Reading questions for Edmund Burke, Hannah More, and James Madison

For Tuesday, we are reading Burke and More. The discussion of Madison will occur on Thursday. However, this post will cover both readings. First, a little bit of background. Hannah More (1745-1833) was a British writer and philanthropist. Throughout much … Continue reading

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Readings for Next Week (Feb. 4 and 6)

For Friday and Monday, we are reading several critics of modern democracy, largely undertaken from an elitist perspective. The first is Hannah More’s “Village Politics.” You can also find an interesting discussion of More’s pamphlet here (this is not assigned, but it … Continue reading

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Things I learned from South Park

Madison’s federalist paper no. 10 reminds me of a South Park episode where Cartman has to do some history paper about the constitution and gets thrown back in time to when the founding fathers are writing it (all the episodes … Continue reading

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Readings for Friday, 9/16 and Monday, 9/19

For Friday and Monday, we are reading several critics of modern democracy, largely undertaken from an elitist perspective. The first is Hannah More’s “Village Politics.” You can also find an interesting discussion of More’s pamphlet here (this is not assigned, … Continue reading

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