An elective despotism was not the government we fought for…

“An elective despotism was not the government we fought for…”

An elective despotism was not the government we fought for… --James Madison

An elective despotism was not the government we fought for; but one in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among the several bodies of magistracy as that no one could transcend their legal limits without being effectually checked and restrained by the others.

James Madison

Year: 1788
Context: Federalist No. 48

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