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"A pure democracy ... can admit no cure for the mischiefs of faction. A common passion or interest will, in almost every case, be felt by a majority, and there is nothing to check the inducements to sacrifice the weaker party... Hence it is that democracies have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have, in general, been as short in their lives as they have been violent in thier deaths."
James Madison (more quotes by James Madison or books by/about James Madison)
(1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President
James Madison, Federalist No. 10
Corruption, Democracy, Property, Rights