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The Federalist Papers Paperback – Apr 28 2009
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"This country and this people seem to have been made for each other, and it appears as if it was the design of Providence, that an inheritance so proper and convenient for a band of brethren ... should never be split into a number of unsocial, jealous, and alien sovereignties." So wrote John Jay, one of the revolutionary authors of The Federalist Papers, arguing that if the United States was truly to be a single nation, its leaders would have to agree on universally binding rules of governance--in short, a constitution. In a brilliant set of essays, Jay and his colleagues Alexander Hamilton and James Madison explored in minute detail the implications of establishing a kind of rule that would engage as many citizens as possible and that would include a system of checks and balances. Their arguments proved successful in the end, and The Federalist Papers stand as key documents in the founding of the United States. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
Admirable introduction...Oxford University Press is to be congratulated on adding it to its collection of World's Classics. Howard Temperley, TLS --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Hamilton, Madison, and to a lesser extent Jay, all offer the reader with a first-hand look behind the writing of the constituion and help to explain such misunderstood principles of our government such as the differnces between a nationalist and a federalist system of government, the necessity of seperation of powers and ckecks and balances, and the electoral college. While some of their perceptions of how the young republic would mature and some of the problems it would face are either laughably naive or downright wrong, considering how much the world has changed since the writing of these papers it is amazing how well they understood the political situtions inherent in all governments; both in their own day and in ours.
The Federalist Papers are a fitting amalgamation of over 2000 years of political thought but they are also an interesting case study in a pragmatic view of human nature which was shared by almost all of the writers of the constituion, that man is inherently flawed and thus a government must be designed so as to protect itself from the fruits of these flaws.Read more ›
The only thing missing was a copy of the Anti-Federalist papers -- but I haven't found a single volume that includes both yet.
Taken as a whole, this is a marvelous work of the English language, social science; quite beautiful in its passion and lucid character. The cogent logic of the argument of the Federalist Papers is commendable as well as interesting in the modern day. The Federalist Papers indicate the true intention of the United States, spelled out before its creation showing the character of its intellect and the framers vision for its future. It is almost poignant to have read these papers in 2014, especially because of the United States falling to its knees at the hands of multinational corporations and political corruption, never to be the same. The world is not the optimistic vision of Publius' dreams, nor is the United States to become what Publius had hoped.
Overall though, this book is quite relevant, regardless of its shortcomings through development into fact. As the constitution falters and falls, having been eaten from the inside as if by a parasite, the Federalist Papers reminds the reader of the (purported) good intentions which were the dreams allowing its birth. Perhaps there is still time to realize its masterful vision.
1. Union was necessary for commerce
2. Commerce facilitated a need for a National Bank
3. Banks charge interest
4. The role of government is to raise revenue from the taxation of commerce
5. The Union represented a favorable trade partner for the world
6. A federal army was created too defend the union
7. Independant States are inheritantly dangerous; this was danger caused by territorial disputes, large state standing armies against small state standing armies, and inconsistent monetary policy fustrating external countries from doing business; whereas, a union represented stability and consistency for the trade partners.
The balance of Power is false - the three branches don't hold power equally:
1. Power is controlled by the legislative branch, the legislative branch creates laws; the executive enforces the law; and the Judical intreprets the law.
2. The executive power increases in power during war
3. The judical branch is the weakest of all the branches. The judical branch was not expected to an powerful entity.
4. The republic form of government is a defense against the imperial monarchy. Sovereignty resides in the states. Bad laws can be opposed by a minority of states. States receive equal representation in the senate. The delegates are too vote against bad laws, this equality prevents tyrancal laws. If a majority of the republic supports bad laws then the people have the ultimate power to revolt and gain control of the government.
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Beware which kindle version you're getting; I got the 1.10$ one which didn't even have any kind of table of contents at all, I had to refund it and find the free one which has a... Read morePublished 12 months ago by M. D.
The Federalist Papers is probably the most seminal discourse on the U.S. Constitution that has ever been written. Read morePublished on July 10 2004 by C. Baker
For those newly awakened to American politics, nothing is more important than the Federalist Papers. Read morePublished on April 5 2004 by Kelley L. Ross
The Federalist Papers are rightly considered one of the most authoritative explanations of the provisions of the Constitution in existence. Read morePublished on March 17 2004 by John C. Mckee
If a young scholar first understands the history behind these groundbreaking papers, he or she should gain much knowledge from reading them. Read morePublished on Sept. 2 2003 by Nicholas Stehle
Read this and understand the true thoughts and meaning behind the Constitution and its Amendments, its interesting to read how the founding fathers interpreted what they wrote in a... Read morePublished on July 11 2003 by Eric P. Medlock
If you are going to read "The Federalist Papers," you must also read "The Anti-Federalist Papers" in order to get the complete picture. Read morePublished on June 24 2003 by Maria Beilke
If you are going to read "The Federalist Papers," you must also read "The Anti-Federalist Papers" in order to get the complete picture. Read morePublished on June 13 2003 by Maria Beilke
I found this book to be one of the best books I ever read. Instead of giving a lay understanding of some of the arguments, I would like to note what I found exceptional about this... Read morePublished on May 17 2003
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