Federalist No. 51

Liberty Quotation of the Day: James Madison on the Great Difficulty of Self-Government

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James Madison“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 (writing as “Publius”), No. 51 of The Federalist Papers [Feb. 6, 1788]