What Is the Primary Object of Government According to James Madison?

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According to James Madison, the primary object of government is to ensure and protect the "diversity in the faculties of men," which serves as an "obstacle to a uniformity of interest." A diverse range of interests and causes, according to James Madison, helps prevent a tyranny of the majority.

James Madison lived between 1751 and 1836 and was born in Virginia. He attended the College of New Jersey and after graduation joined the colonial resistance movement. After being elected in 1776 to the Virginia convention, James Madison helped draft the state's constitution before being elected to the Continental Congress in 1779.