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What did James Madison believe were the strengths of democracy?

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Many have misconstrued James Madison's Federalist No. 10 as an argument against democracy. However, it was an argument for a republic, which is a form of democracry.

Madison opposed the idea of a pure democracy. He believed that focusing on local issue would make those local issues more important than larger national issues. Madison supported the idea of having a stable and just republican government. Government should represent the best interests of all the people in the nation. Madison strongly favored the ideas of checks and balances in the Constitution.

Madison was also greatly concerned with factions making decisions for the whole of the nation. He was concerned these factions may be part of the majority and determine policies that were not fitting for the minority. 

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