James Madison and the Size of Government

John C. Rankin

James Madison rightly feared that if laws become too “voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood,” then constitutional government is in danger (Federalist Papers 62).

The need is to Occam’s razor (“reduce needless redundancies”) to state and federal laws. The truest answer is usually the simplest. In my book, The Six Pillars of Honest Politics, a proposed rewrite for a given state constitution and general statutes equals 35 pages, and at the federal level, 25 pages. An international template is also available. This serves the maximizing of religious, political and economic liberty for all people equally. Occam’s razor is necessary to accomplish the pre-partisan, serving simplicity for the definition of terms on a level playing field, also congruent with the essence of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and all state constitutions.





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