Liberty Quotation: James Madison on the Danger of Oppression by the Majority

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James Madison“Wherever the real power in a Government lies, there is the danger of oppression.  In our Governments the real power lies in the majority of the Community, and the invasion of private rights is chiefly to be apprehended, not from acts of Government contrary to the sense of its constituents, but from acts in which the Government is the mere instrument of the major number of the constituents.”

James Madison, in a letter to Thomas Jefferson, Oct. 17, 1788