We Were Making the Future

“We were making the future,” [Graham] said, “and hardly any of us troubled to think what future we were making. And here it is!”

—H. G. Wells, When the Sleeper Wakes

Breaking and Controlling the Violence of Faction (Federalist #10)

AMONG the numerous advantages promised by a well constructed Union, none deserves to be more accurately developed than its tendency to break and control the violence of faction.

By a faction, I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adversed to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.

…the public good is disregarded in the conflicts of rival parties, and that measures are too often decided, not according to the rules of justice and the rights of the minor party, but by the superior force of an interested and overbearing majority.

— James Madison. Federalist #10, The Federalist Papers

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