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Paperback If Men Were Angels: James Madison and the Heartless Empire of Reason Book

ISBN: 0700608079

ISBN13: 9780700608072

If Men Were Angels: James Madison and the Heartless Empire of Reason

(Part of the American Political Thought Series)

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"What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary."

The ever wary James Madison viewed his fellow citizens as anything but angelic. In this radically new interpretation, Richard Matthews portrays a much less optimistic (and yet more liberal) Madison than we've seen before. Neither civic humanist nor democrat, this Madison is a distrusting, calculating, and pragmatic...

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