Notes in Reading

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Notes in Reading “The astonishing sophistication of our Founders’ understanding of human nature included a penetrating insight into the vulnerability we all have to make reason itself a slave to ego.” “In Federalist No. 10, James Madison wrote, “As long as the reason of man continues fallible, and he is at liberty to exercise it, different opinions will be formed.” (Side note: Our founding fathers understood it is within human nature to desire more power, therefore, they created a system of checks and balances.) “Madison argued in Federalist No. 51 “A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.” “The auxiliary precautions” he had in mind were the checks and balances that our Founders used in their design of the Constitution in order to prevent the unhealthy concentration of too much power in the hands on the few – and thereby to force those in authority to justify their power are forced into a process of deliberation, then and only then will reason play its necessary central roles. The separation of powers and the system of checks and balances are therefore essential to create the virtual space within which reason operates in American democracy. “In wartime, the president would enjoy a politically enhanced position in his role as
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course POLS 121 taught by Professor Davis during the Fall '08 term at Saint Louis.

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