Either James Madison or Alexander Hamilton wrote, “If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.” Though angels might be more kind to us than we are to ourselves, they’d still need to hire us to do the leg work.

Madison, Hamilton and others wrote the Federalist Papers using the pen name Publius. Staying anonymous protected them during a perilous time — the adoption of the U.S. Constitution was hanging by a thread.

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