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George Washington Farewell Address

Democracy and Its Demands

Terry Newell | Posted 03.22.2016 | Politics
Terry Newell

At the Federal Convention in 1787, delegates had no intention of creating a democracy. Steeped in Greek and Roman history, they understood that democracy was a breeding ground for demagogues, whose rhetoric could stir the passions and override reason.

What Would George Do?

Robert Strong | Posted 11.18.2012 | Politics
Robert Strong

Democracy in Washington's Farewell Address is a fragile thing. It is subject to the whims of public opinion, to the pull of parties, to the selfishness of generations, to the propensity of humans to make mistakes.