planksip
Published in

planksip

On the Necessity of Government (according to Madison)

If men were angels, no government would be necessary.

- James Madison (1751–1836)

Angel with a Broken Möbius — History Repeats Itself in Uniquely Different Ways

Angel with a Broken Möbius — History Repeats Itself in Uniquely Different Ways

On the Necessity of Government (according to Madison)

Inspired by James Madison (1751–1836)’s quote, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary”. The titled responsion is…

If men were angels, there would be no need for government. It might be a sign of human weakness, that these very devices must be necessary in order to regulate the abuses of free government. But are we really any different from angels in the way we perceive the world? If men were angels, and there were no government, what would you say would happen to society?

If men were angels, I would say it is our greatest moral failing to allow men to take away the power of government and use it against their fellow man. There is nothing more evil than to have a government which is run by men who don’t even know the laws exist. If people can’t make it work and we put all of the power of the state in their hands, what kind of a society will we have? Will we still have the problems we have now, such as war and violence?

There are some that will say that men were created good, but they are very quick to point out that we have not accomplished anything yet, and we are not any closer to achieving peace. Yes, we have the technology to make our own space ships, and some of us have made our own satellite systems. But the fact of the matter is that we still have more work to do and that the only way we can get there is by taking control of the resources available to us, and then working together to solve our common problems. If men had angels around them, all they would have to do is turn off their lights and let the sun set, and the whole world would still be burning.

The planksip writer’s cooperative is sponsoring a re-writing of this article (500 words) with $500 CAD in prize money for the best article as voted by your peers in the planksip writer’s cooperative. Judged by your peers, your chance to join a community of creative thinkers and win over $750,000 CAD in prize money is your entry point into becoming a planksip journalist.

We want to change the way people engage. The planksip organic platform is dedicated to supporting your voice as an writer and a thought leader. Join today, membership matters!

--

--

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Daniel Sanderson

Thoughts, stories and ideas inspired by Giants and driven by Big Data. Book reviews, quotes, and literary analysis are all fair game. Enjoy. #Googleplanksip