Madison’s Fear of Pure Democracy

Madison’s Fear of Pure Democracy

“I see democracy as a spectrum, with the most democratic end inhibiting popular control of all economic and governmental functions, and the other end being a centralized authority which occasionally listens to the voice of the people. The framers were tasked with finding the middle ground between these extremes, and I believe they were motivated by both sincere ideology and a desire to protect their personal interests.”

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Theorizing an Anarchist Society (After the Revolution, 1937)

Theorizing an Anarchist Society (After the Revolution, 1937)

By studying a detailed blueprint for an anarchist society, as found in Diego Abad de Santillan’s After the Revolution (1937), we can better understand the ideology of anarcho-syndicalism, as well as the democratic and anti-capitalist philosophy which fuels it.

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