In The Federalist, James Madison observed, with characteristic poise and insight:
Ambition must be made to counteract ambition. . . . If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.
This blog is an exploration of Madison’s observation. It focuses on pressing public corruption issues in the Carolinas. It was created to promote awareness of these issues, and to encourage change.
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The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. —James Madison, Speech before the Virginia State Constitutional Convention (Dec. 1, 1829).