“As long as the reason of man continues fallible, and he is at liberty to exercise it, different opinions will be formed.”
In today’s political climate, these might be the most revolutionary—and most important—words to keep in mind from the American founding. They come from neither the Declaration of Independence nor the Constitution but from James Madison’s Federalist No. 10.
Few of us now dispute the core tenets of the Declaration or oppose the Constitution’s central aims of promoting justice, the general welfare, and liberty. But many—on the progressive left and what we may term the anti-conservative “new right” in particular—fail to grasp the revolutionary recognition on the part of our country’s founders that in morality, religion, and politics, human beings are bound to disagree.
Old but still revolutionary truths.