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Old 04-11-2013, 11:02 AM   #221
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Wow great point, but you left out that James Madison was an aristocratic a-hole who was terribly afraid of people who didn't own land.

Whenever Madison talks about "the weaker party" or "the minority" it's obvious the minority he has in mind: wealthy landowners.

"the Constitution was intrinsically an aristocratic document designed to check the democratic tendencies of the period." - Gordon Wood

Or as Madison's close colleague John Jay put it,
"Those who own the country ought to govern it."

That's not really in dispute among Madison scholars.

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