Jay Cost on James Madison

The King welcomes Jay Cost, author of James Madison: America’s First Politician. Jay is the Gerald R. Ford nonresident senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he focuses on elections, politics, and public opinion. He is also a columnist for National Review and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. His other books include The Price of Greatness: James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and the Creation of American Oligarchy, and A Republic No More: Big Government and the Rise of Political Corruption. He has a Ph.D. and an MA in political science from the University of Chicago and a BA in government and history from the University of Virginia.

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  1. Boethius1261972 Coolidge

    Didn’t he start the podcast saying how Madison spent a great deal of his energy “destroying” Patrick Henry?  Not very politic…Too bad Ducey didn’t get any election reforms done.  Weird.  Midwesterners aren’t nice, they just pretend to be.

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  2. Postmodern Hoplite Coolidge
    Postmodern Hoplite

    To be fair, I “liked” this post not because I particularly enjoyed listening to the podcast. Rather, I threw it a “like” recognizing that even though I didn’t enjoy it, it made me consider Madison and the War of 1812 from perspectives different from my own.

    That being said, here are my “hot takes”:

    1. Cost’s discussion of the War of 1812 is conventionally pedantic and superficial. This is not surprising, as it mirrors contemporary shallow understanding of both the causes of the war, and its strategic significance.
    2. Cost’s apparent understanding of the 1832 Nullification Crisis reflects little real insight into the root causes of the crisis, nor the consequences of its resolution in favor of expanded Federal authority over the sovereignty of the several states.
    3. Asked to speculate about what James Madison would think of today’s political environment, he fails to address that Madison would likely reject the bloated, bureaucratic monster that is the  Administrative State. The original Constitution has been so distorted and mutilated as to largely unrecognizable by its principal author.

    I won’t be buying Cost’s book. 

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