Madison on Dangers Real and Pretended Adult Apron
Founding father, framer of the Constitution, and fourth US President James Madison said this about the threat of war being used by tyrants: "Perhaps it is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged against provisions against danger, real and pretended, from abroad." Madison additionally warned against war as the circumstances most conducive to loss of freedom. "Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manners and of morals engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare."