Richard Brookhiser speaks in one aphorism after another in this dialogue with Kathryn Jean Lopez about his new book about James Madison, "James Madison."So many books, so little time.
As for the article in National Review, we have this exchange about the place of politics in our civic life, speaking to author Brookhiser's designation of President James Madison as the "father of politics":
LOPEZ: Why is the “father of politics” more fitting?And that is the question for those who despise political parties. What is the alternative scenario, or scenarios, you envision?
BROOKHISER: Equally fitting. The Constitution is the rules; politics is the game. The alternatives to organized political contention are anarchy or sheep-like passivity.
Regards — Cliff