quotes tagged with 'legislative'

When the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person or body, there can be no liberty, because apprehensions may arise lest the same monarch or senate should enact tyrannical laws to execute them in a tyrannical manner ... Were the power of judging joined with the legislative, the life and liberty of the subject would be exposed to arbitrary control, for the judge would then be the legislator. Were it joined to the executive power, the judge might behave with all the violence of an oppressor.
Author: Charles Montesquieu, Source: Federalist Papers #47Saved by cboyack in liberty tyranny power executive oppression legislative judicial 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.
Author: James Madison, Source: Federalist Papers #47Saved by cboyack in politics tyranny power king executive dictator legislative judiciary 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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