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The Papers

I’ve blogged about these Federalist Papers so far:

Federalist 1: General Introduction

“The Fate of an Empire Most Interesting in the World…”

On the virtues of backroom politics. Will our leaders follow the “spirit of 1787”?

Federalist 2: Concerning Dangers from Foreign Force and Influence

“Politicians Now Appear…”

Growing partisanship, and trusting our untrustworthy politicians.

Federalist 3: The Same Subject Continued: Concerning Dangers from Foreign Force and Influence

“An Erroneous Opinion…”

Antonin Scalia’s excessive reverence for the Founders, and an extremely clever pun.

Federalist 4: The Same Subject Continued: Concerning Dangers from Foreign Force and Influence

“We Are Rivals…”

Whatever happened to the Founders’ mistrust of other nations?

Federalist 5: The Same Subject Continued: Concerning Dangers from Foreign Force and Influence

“Formiddable Only to Each Other…”

Worried about an America divided in two? Jay feared four.

Federalist 6: Concerning Dangers from Dissensions Between the States

“Fallacy and Extravagance…”

America really was lucky to have such magnificent Founders. Who wasn’t so blessed?

Federalist 7: The Same Subject Continued: Concerning Dangers from Dissensions Between the States

“A War, Not of Parchment…”

Another American stroke of luck? The national debt, of course!

Federalist 8: The Consequences of Hostilities Between the States

“Engines of Despotism…”

The Founders feared the army. Sandy Hook shows they should have feared the people.

Federalist 9

“Principal Progress Towards Perfection…”

We worship the Founders. Who did they worship?

Federalist 10

10A: “The Violence of Faction…”

The most important Federalist Paper so far, as Madison makes his revolutionary argument for a big country.

10B: “To Break and Control…”

The Founders screwed up by giving us a clumsy, inefficient government that only the minority faction can dominate.

Federalist 11

11: “Wanton Intermeddlings…”

Hamilton returns to an old argument; and Obama invokes American exceptionalism.

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