The James Madison Project
"So strong is this propensity of mankind to fall into mutual animosities, that where no substantial occasion presents itself, the most frivolous and fanciful distinctions have been sufficient to kindle their unfriendly passions and excite their most violent conflicts."
James Madison Federalist 10
Welcome to the James Madison Project
A popular Government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives.—JAMES MADISON
Letter to W.T. Barry, Aug. 4, 1822, in G.P. Hunt, ed., IX The Writings of James Madison
What is the James Madison Project?
The James Madison Project is an ambitious, multiyear experiment that seeks to reclaim the centrality of We the People of The United States in public discourse and focus of government policy. Furthermore, the project’s goal is to explore and invigorate the reasons for our government: “in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity”.
Why the James Madison Project?
As Americans, We the People, continue to be troubled by an array of problems facing our nation and the failure of the political system to address them. Trust in our governing institutions has reached historic lows as Congress’ approval ratings sinks into the single digits. Gridlock and hyper-partisanship have paralyzed our governing bodies, resulting in the least productive congress in recent history and a political climate that makes problem solving all but impossible. The public’s voice is increasingly drowned out as political leaders become ever more dependent on a relatively small group of large donors and special interests.
The James Madison Project Vision
We envision a process that brings about a “modern” understanding of human nature and the constitution, provides a framework and tools to leverage technology and scientific insights, embrace crowdsourcing and other collaborative activities to address challenges in our society. The Project is inspired by the legacy of James Madison, often referred to as the “father of the constitution”. James Madison’s contribution to our evolving nation and the structure and the nature of the government was unparalleled. His efforts leading up to the constitutional convention, during and the ratification process were crucial for creating the structure that allowed the US to persist for over 200 years. The Project is motivated by Madison’s approach to the challenges of his time.
Take Part with The James Madison Project
We invite anyone who shares our vision and mission to take part in our work, suggest topics, posing questions, writing posts, and most importantly, contributing to the conversation. With so much at stake for our nation, it’s time to stop kvetching and start acting.
The James Madison Project in Action
Citizenism: Re-Claim the Role of the Citizen
Starting in February 2020. We envision a process that brings about a “modern” understanding of human nature and the constitution, provides a framework and tools to leverage technology and scientific insights, embrace crowdsourcing and other collaborative activities to address challenges in our society.