• The Federalist Papers | Federalist No. 15
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    The Federalist Papers | Federalist No. 15

    FEDERALIST No. 15. The Insufficiency of the Present Confederation to Preserve the Union For the Independent Journal. Saturday, December 1, 1787 HAMILTON To the People of the State of New York. IN THE course of the preceding papers, I have endeavored, my fellow citizens, to place before you, in a clear and convincing light, the importance of Union to your political safety and happiness. I have unfolded to you a complication of dangers to which you would be exposed, should you permit that sacred knot which binds the people of America together be severed or dissolved by ambition or by avarice, by jealousy or by misrepresentation. In the sequel of…

  • The Federalist Papers | Federalist No. 14
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    The Federalist Papers | Federalist No. 14

    FEDERALIST No. 14. Objections to the Proposed Constitution From Extent of Territory Answered From the New York Packet. Friday, November 30, 1787. MADISON To the People of the State of New York: WE HAVE seen the necessity of the Union, as our bulwark against foreign danger, as the conservator of peace among ourselves, as the guardian of our commerce and other common interests, as the only substitute for those military establishments which have subverted the liberties of the Old World, and as the proper antidote for the diseases of faction, which have proved fatal to other popular governments, and of which alarming symptoms have been betrayed by our own. All…

  • The Federalist Papers | Federalist No. 80
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    The Federalist Papers | Federalist No. 80

    FEDERALIST No. 80. The Powers of the Judiciary From McLEAN’s Edition, New York. Wednesday, May 28, 1788. HAMILTON To the People of the State of New York: TO JUDGE with accuracy of the proper extent of the federal judicature, it will be necessary to consider, in the first place, what are its proper objects. It seems scarcely to admit of controversy, that the judiciary authority of the Union ought to extend to these several descriptions of cases: 1st, to all those which arise out of the laws of the United States, passed in pursuance of their just and constitutional powers of legislation; 2d, to all those which concern the execution…

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    The Federalist Papers | Federalist No. 10

    FEDERALIST No. 10. The Same Subject Continued (The Union as a Safeguard Against Domestic Faction and Insurrection) From the Daily Advertiser. Thursday, November 22, 1787. MADISON To the People of the State of New York: AMONG the numerous advantages promised by a well constructed Union, none deserves to be more accurately developed than its tendency to break and control the violence of faction. The friend of popular governments never finds himself so much alarmed for their character and fate, as when he contemplates their propensity to this dangerous vice. He will not fail, therefore, to set a due value on any plan which, without violating the principles to which he…

  • The Federalist Papers | Federalist No. 67
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    The Federalist Papers | Federalist No. 67

    FEDERALIST No. 67. The Executive Department From the New York Packet. Tuesday, March 11, 1788. HAMILTON To the People of the State of New York: THE constitution of the executive department of the proposed government, claims next our attention. There is hardly any part of the system which could have been attended with greater difficulty in the arrangement of it than this; and there is, perhaps, none which has been inveighed against with less candor or criticised with less judgment. Here the writers against the Constitution seem to have taken pains to signalize their talent of misrepresentation. Calculating upon the aversion of the people to monarchy, they have endeavored to…

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    The Federalist Papers | Federalist No. 55

    FEDERALIST No. 55. The Total Number of the House of Representatives For the Independent Journal. Wednesday, February 13, 1788. MADISON To the People of the State of New York: THE number of which the House of Representatives is to consist, forms another and a very interesting point of view, under which this branch of the federal legislature may be contemplated. Scarce any article, indeed, in the whole Constitution seems to be rendered more worthy of attention, by the weight of character and the apparent force of argument with which it has been assailed. The charges exhibited against it are, first, that so small a number of representatives will be an…

  • Federalist in 3D – social experiment of Redesign Your Thinking LLC: Federalist no. 14
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    Federalist in 3D – social experiment of Redesign Your Thinking LLC: Federalist no. 14

    Hearken not to the voice which petulantly tells you that the form of government recommended for your adoption is a novelty in the political world. that it has never yet had a place in the theories of the wildest projectors that it rashly attempts what it is impossible to accomplish. No, my countrymen, shut your ears against this unhallowed language. Shut your hearts against the poison which it conveys; the kindred blood which flows in the veins of American citizens, the mingled blood which they have shed in defense of their sacred rights, consecrate their Union, and excite horror at the idea of their becoming aliens, rivals, enemies. And if…