Is Limited Government a Solution or a Problem? James Madison, one of the “founding fathers” and writers of the U.S. Constitution, favoured “limited government” as a solution to the problem presented by the potential in a democracy for the majority to oppress the minority. While this is a real problem, this essay argues that limited government presents as many problems as it solves, and reduces the state’s ability to effectively deal with social issues. The primary concern that Madison wanted to address in advocating for limited government is the problem of oppression of the minority that might occur in a democracy. Society is divided into factions – groups with competing interests – which are united based on religious beliefs, political...The end:
..... that there is a desirable middle ground in terms of the question of limited government or “big” government. Defining where this middle ground is, and getting there, is a complicated task. However, it seems clear that when government is too limited and ineffectual even greater social problems can emerge, as in the example of the financial crisis, where we saw a very small minority of wealthy and powerful individuals (rather than a majority of citizens) bring great harm to the country and most everyone in it. Thus, limited government can create problems as great, or even greater than the one it is intended to solve. Works Cited Read, James H. “Our Complicated System: James Madison on Power and Liberty.” Political Theory 23.3 (1995): 452-475.