Comparing Plato And Madison's Cynical View Of A Big Republic

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Plato and Madison both wrote documents about a government that they believed would be the most successful. Plato believed that a government ruled by a chosen few, guardians, where everyone is living a minimalistic lifestyle would be successful. Madison on the other hand, believed that a big republic was the better path to take. Based on their government structure, Plato and Madison had a cynical view of human nature; however, Plato believed that all people were less trustworthy than Madison.
Madison believes that, in the state of nature, men with similar interests will band together and create factions. The issue with factions is that there will inevitably be a majority and the majority may impose its ideals on the minority, “measures are
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