James Madison: Federalist 10

(1787)

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The Same Subject Continued (The Union as a Safeguard Against Domestic Faction and Insurrection)

From the New York Packet, Friday, November 23, 1787

To the People of the State of New York:

AMONG the numerous advantages promised by a well-constructed Union, none deserves to be more accurately developed than its tendency to break and control the violence of faction. The friend of popular governments never finds himself so much alarmed for their character and fate, as when he contemplates their propensity to this dangerous vice. He will not fail, therefore, to set a due value on...

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