By Giorgio Agamben, Alain Badiou, Daniel Bensaïd, Wendy Brown, Jean-Luc Nancy, Jacques Rancière, Kristin Ross, Slavoj Zizek

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He conceded that the effect might be the opposite, especially if the elected representatives were to act as nothing more than a corrupt cabal. Madison’s tentativeness in this passage suggested that the fallibility of human nature was such that we dare not trust alone in the virtue of rulers, be they elected representatives or hereditary monarchs and aristocrats. In a large society, and especially one centrally concerned with commerce and the pursuit of self-interest, each representative sent to the legislature would have to represent a larger, more diverse constituency than in a smaller, more homogeneous nation.

36 In addition to promulgating the existence of principles among the party and those who lead it, opposition, especially in the legislative process, provides an educative role that helps broaden the views of the electorate. This is the key for Butler, who sees the lack of principles and principled men as a sign of a dysfunctional political system that demands order. ,” he laments: The Republican Party went on the rocks in 1912 and while there are still many millions of Republicans throughout the country, they are without any common body of political principle and without any definite political program.

8 Beyond the university and his role as a political activist and advisor, Butler was involved with international affairs and was a champion of peace. With Jane Addams, he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931 for his work with “Peace Societies” overseas and his advocacy of peace issues through his leadership in the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. As in other areas of his life, Butler found ways to embrace diverse opinions and bring them together in an apparently coherent form. ”9 An example of this is the juxtaposition of his work in world peace and support for the World Wars and his visits and relationships with Kaiser Wilhelm in 1905 as well as Benito Mussolini in 1924.

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