James Madison's Writings On Property

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Paper question:::: Explain Madison’s two writings on property that were assigned to you. What is he trying to say in the two documents? In two of his papers addressing property, it is once again abundantly clear just how forward thinking James Madison was. Madison set out to not only demonstrate the need for the government to protect property, but also understood the vital need to plan for the future and advocated for the needed flexibility to stay current with the times. Madison clearly believed it was a primary role of government to protect the property rights of its citizens. This protection was not only needed for land, money, and material objects, but also his opinions and communication of them, religious beliefs and practice dictated…show more content…
Madison justified his definition of property by stating that while a man may not own physical property, a man’s beliefs should be just as important, if not more important, than any physical property. Additionally, Madison suggested that it was a republican government’s duty to protect a citizen’s property, and included in those parameters is the protection of every citizen’s right to free thinking. Madison’s Property also appealed to the reader’s morals, values, and patriotism in the last paragraph when he said, “If the United States mean to obtain or deserve the full praise due to wise and just governments, they will equally respect the rights of property…” (Madison 1792, 268). Although, Madison didn’t exclude the rich from equal protection, Madison said it wasn’t the government’s place to invade the rich’s domestic sanctuaries with arbitrary taxes, but, he was equally convinced that excessive taxing on the poor was equally unjust. Also, Madison believed the responsibility to protect people 's property in the form of money falls on the government. Several clear demonstrations of this can be observed in law enforcement protecting banks, homes, and places of commerce from being robbed, however, this can extend to less obvious areas as well. We can observe it in FDIC insurance for banks, federal prosecution for counterfeiting, protection from fraud, and even the trade laws we see in places like…show more content…
American and Madison views are almost the same as Aristotle’s. A just government must equally protect the unequal facilities of property attainment. Madison’s “Just” law equally protects unequal faculties. Aristotle and Madison agreed that laws should protect the liberty of all and everyone deserves to have their liberties protected. Freedom and justice means that everybody should be free in the race of life. Madison’s republican government allows its people the right to have property. Republican governments are founded upon the nature of liberties. Marxist governments, on the other hand, aren’t designed to defend the people’s liberties, because Marxism forces everyone to be complete equals. Madison’s ideal government directly conflicts with Marxist principles based on the equal distribution of wealth because it’s unfair to the
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