A Republic, Not a Dictatorship


Of all the enemies of true liberty, war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other.

War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few.

In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people.

James Madison, from “Political Observations,” April 20, 1795 in Letters and Other Writings of James Madison, Volume IV, page 491.

The issue of executive powers, unsurprisingly enough, won’t go away. For the latest installment, read “No, a President Can’t Do as He Pleases,” by Edward H. Crane and Robert A. Levy

2 Responses to “A Republic, Not a Dictatorship”

  1. Cato’s work in the courts is important and your victories for civil liberties have kept hope for freedom alive. I wish you luck in your efforts on behalf of the second amendment, as well.

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