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James Madison

“It is essential to such a government that it be derived from the  great body of the society, not from an inconsiderable proportion, or a favored  class of it; otherwise a handful of tyrannical nobles, exercising their  oppressions by a delegation of their powers, might aspire to the rank of  republicans, and claim for their government the honorable title of republic.”

— James Madison, Federalist 39, January 16, 1788.

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