If men were angels, no government would be necessary.




If men were angels, no government would be necessary.

If men were angels, no government would be necessary. --James Madison

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.

James Madison

Year: 1788
Context: Federalist No. 51
Tags: angels, control, control itself, difficulty, framing, government, men



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