The Three Lives of James Madison

Madison's legacy matters today more than ever. As founding genius he made the Constitution to avoid faction. Then he discovered the real world required parties -- so he founded one and became a partisan. Ultimately he turned to foreign policy, seeking to establish America's place in the world without force. He almost succeeded.

Speakers: Noah Feldman
Festival: Aspen Ideas 2017

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