James Madison's writing
Articles, Programs and
Hillside University, The Federalist Papers
American Compact: James Madison and the Problem of Founding (American Political Thought), published by the University Press of Kansas. The author re-examines Madison’s philosophy on state-making, his ideas on the liberal foundations of government, and how he differed philosophically from Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton.
The Three Lives of James Madison
Ultimately he turned to foreign policy, seeking to establish America's place in the world without force. He almost succeeded.
Becoming Madison: The Extraordinary Origins of the Least Likely Founding Father
Michael Signer crafted his biography of James Madison in a different way by focusing on the fourth president's youth. He characterized the book as "an intellectual and psychological biography of a young Madison before age 36.
James Madison and Democracy: The Complex Case for 'Our Complicated System
Dr. Alan Gibson, California State University Chico
Noam Chomsky: Critique of Madisonian Democracy
Mr. Chomsky examined the principle and practice of democracy in the U.S. over the past 200 years. He argued that the democratic order encapsulated in the Constitution, principally by James Madison, declared the right to own property as the preeminent foundation of the social order and was therefore designed to protect those who owned property by ensuring their control over the government. He also argued that this system has not evolved to include broader segments of the population, as some have claimed, but has made possible the development of industrial capitalism which depends on governmental largesse and exploits the bulk of the population. After his remarks, he took questions from the audience. 4/4/97