Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm.




Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm.

Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. --James Madison

It is in vain to say that enlightened statesmen will be able to adjust these clashing interests, and render them all subservient to the public good. Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. Nor, in many cases, can such an adjustment be made at all without taking into view indirect and remote considerations, which will rarely prevail over the immediate interest which one party may find in disregarding the rights of another or the good of the whole.

James Madison

Year: 1787
Context: Federalist No. 10
Tags: enlightened, helm, statesmen



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