Efficient Governments are the Worst, Inefficient the Best

Liberty Letters, James Madison

No government of human device and human administration can be perfect; that that which is the least imperfect is therefore the best government; that the abuses of all other governments have led to the preference of republican government as the best of all governments, because the least imperfect …

Source: James Madison, Letter to Major H. Lee, 26 November 1833.