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  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #26

    06/10/2010 7:33:43 AM PDT · by Publius · 4 replies · 89+ views
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 10 June 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Hamilton Tackles the Mechanics of Controlling a Standing ArmyHamilton explores the methods for keeping a standing army under control and preventing it from becoming the tool of the Executive. Federalist #26The Idea of Restraining the Legislative Authority in RegardTo the Common Defense Considered (Part 1 of 3) Alexander Hamilton, 22 December 1787 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 It was a thing hardly to be expected that in a popular revolution the minds of men should stop at that happy mean which marks the salutary boundary between power and privilege and combines the energy...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #25

    06/07/2010 8:04:01 AM PDT · by Publius · 14 replies · 52+ views
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 7 June 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Hamilton Explains the Necessity of a Standing ArmyIt is not only that a standing army is necessary, but that it must be under federal control, for it is not the proper domain of the states. Federalist #25The Powers Necessary to the Common Defense Further Considered (Part 2 of 2) Alexander Hamilton, 21 December 1787 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 It may perhaps be urged that the objects enumerated in the preceding number ought to be provided for by the state governments under the direction of the Union. 3 But this would be in...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #24

    06/03/2010 8:02:33 AM PDT · by Publius · 5 replies · 173+ views
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 3 June 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Hamilton Addresses the Standing ArmyUsing the rhetorical style that charmed many a guest at New York dinner parties, Hamilton takes on the issue of a standing army by gently belittling his opponents and minimizing the risks. Federalist #24The Powers Necessary to the Common Defense Further Considered (Part 1 of 2) Alexander Hamilton, 19 December 1787 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 To the powers proposed to be conferred upon the federal government in respect to the creation and direction of the national forces, I have met with but one specific objection which, if I...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Pennsylvania Minority Address

    05/29/2010 12:12:29 PM PDT · by Publius · 8 replies · 370+ views
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 29 May 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    The Acrimonious Pennsylvania Ratifying ConventionOn 21 November 1787, some of the state’s great luminaries gathered in Philadelphia to discuss the proposed Constitution. Among the best known attendees were James Wilson, who had attended the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Rush and Anthony Wayne. For the first several weeks of the convention, James Wilson and Thomas McKean spoke at great length defending the Constitution. In fact, when examining the official minutes of the ratifying convention, one gets the impression that the two men were the only ones who spoke. This was because a complete set of minutes of the ratifying convention was suppressed...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #21

    05/20/2010 7:21:16 AM PDT · by Publius · 16 replies · 309+ views
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 20 May 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Hamilton Addresses TaxationHamilton pays a great deal of attention to taxation policy in these papers, and here he lays out indirect and direct taxation. Federalist #21Other Defects of the Present Confederation (Part 1 of 2) Alexander Hamilton, 12 December 1787 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 Having in the three last numbers taken a summary review of the principal circumstances and events which have depicted the genius and fate of other confederate governments, I shall now proceed in the enumeration of the most important of those defects which have hitherto disappointed our hopes from...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #22

    05/24/2010 7:56:22 AM PDT · by Publius · 31 replies · 437+ views
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 24 May 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Hamilton Dissects Basic Problems with the Current UnionLike a surgeon, Hamilton takes a scalpel to the Articles of Confederation in a very long paper that covers a lot of territory. At the end, he plants a mine that will detonate only a few decades after the deaths of the last Framers. Federalist #22Other Defects of the Present Confederation (Part 2 of 2) Alexander Hamilton, 14 December 1787 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 In addition to the defects already enumerated in the existing federal system, there are others of not less importance which concur...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #23

    05/27/2010 8:04:01 AM PDT · by Publius · 20 replies · 245+ views
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 27 May 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Hamilton Makes Some ListsIn this short paper, Hamilton breaks down the proper arenas for the federal government activities and builds the case for a vigorous government to handle the assigned tasks. Federalist #23The Necessity of a Government as Energetic as the One ProposedTo the Preservation of the Union Alexander Hamilton, 18 December 1787 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 The necessity of a constitution at least equally energetic with the one proposed to the preservation of the Union is the point at the examination of which we are now arrived. *** 3 This inquiry...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #20

    05/17/2010 7:54:00 AM PDT · by Publius · 10 replies · 298+ views
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 17 May 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    The History Lesson Ends with a SummationThe authors finish with a lesson about the Netherlands and then sum up the previous papers, tying them to America’s situation. Federalist #20The Insufficiency of the Present Confederation to Preserve the Union (Part 6 of 6) Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, 11 December 1787 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 The United Netherlands are a confederacy of republics, or rather of aristocracies of a very remarkable texture, yet confirming all the lessons derived from those which we have already reviewed. *** 3 The union is composed of seven...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #17

    05/06/2010 8:05:25 AM PDT · by Publius · 8 replies · 292+ views
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 6 May 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Hamilton Explains Why the States Have Nothing to FearHamilton gets to the meat of his argument that the federal government has more to fear from the states than the other way around – but he carefully hedges his arguments. Federalist #17The Insufficiency of the Present Confederation to Preserve the Union (Part 3 of 6) Alexander Hamilton, 5 December 1787 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 An objection of a nature different from that which has been stated and answered in my last address may perhaps be likewise urged against the principle of legislation for...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #19

    05/13/2010 7:56:24 AM PDT · by Publius · 11 replies · 308+ views
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 13 May 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Another Collaborative History LessonMadison and Hamilton now dissect the remains of the Holy Roman Empire, the German city-states. They also take notice of Poland, which had recently been dismembered, and Switzerland. Federalist #19The Insufficiency of the Present Confederation to Preserve the Union (Part 5 of 6) Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, 8 December 1787 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 The examples of ancient confederacies cited in my last paper have not exhausted the source of experimental instruction on this subject. 3 There are existing institutions founded on a similar principle which merit particular...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #18

    05/10/2010 7:49:32 AM PDT · by Publius · 8 replies · 293+ views
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 10 May 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    A Collaborative History LessonMadison, the earnest professor of history, delves into ancient history to find parallels to Greece, where faction led to failure and conquest. Perhaps concerned about his earlier history lesson and its pedantic style, Madison turns to his friend Hamilton to liven up the prose. Federalist #18The Insufficiency of the Present Confederation to Preserve the Union (Part 4 of 6) Alexander Hamilton & James Madison, 7 December 1787 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 Among the confederacies of antiquity, the most considerable was that of the Grecian republics associated under the Amphictyonic...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #16

    05/03/2010 8:37:29 AM PDT · by Publius · 13 replies · 355+ views
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 3 May 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Hamilton Addresses the Prospect of Interstate ConflictIn his second essay upon the topic, Hamilton dissects the issues of conflict between states versus the federal government, and states versus other states. He addresses the issue of a large standing army and once again looks at how a social contract might function. Federalist #16The Insufficiency of the Present Confederation to Preserve the Union (Part 2 of 6) Alexander Hamilton, 4 December 1787 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 The tendency of the principle of legislation for states or communities in their political capacities, as it has...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #15

    04/29/2010 7:56:41 AM PDT · by Publius · 80 replies · 646+ views
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 29 April 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Hamilton Indicts the Current UnionIn this long paper, Hamilton begins with a six-part diagnosis of the ills of the Union under the Articles of Confederation, doing so in the form of an indictment, no doubt influenced by John DeWitt, the anonymous Massachusetts lawyer who had also used the interrogatory method to make his case earlier. He finishes with the case for coercive government. Federalist #15The Insufficiency of the Present Confederation to Preserve the Union (Part 1 of 6) Alexander Hamilton, 1 December 1787 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 In the course of the...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #14

    04/26/2010 7:59:24 AM PDT · by Publius · 12 replies · 373+ views
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 26 April 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Madison Teaches a Geography Lesson and Makes a PleaThe earnest professor of history turns to geography and lays out the dimensions of the country, explaining why a republic is possible. He also takes great pains to describe the differences between a democracy and a republic. Federalist #14Objections to the Proposed Constitution from Extent of Territory Answered James Madison, 30 November 1787 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 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...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Brutus #4

    04/22/2010 7:45:56 AM PDT · by Publius · 37 replies · 389+ views
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 22 April 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    An Anti-Federalist Indicts the Structure of CongressBrutus, who was most likely Judge Robert Yates of New York, dissects the structure of both Houses of Congress and points out the dangers created by the deficiencies of the design as he perceives it. His words have a haunting quality because so many of the design flaws he has noted have born fruit over the centuries. Brutus #4 29 November 1787 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 There can be no free government where the people are not possessed of the power of making the laws by...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #13

    04/19/2010 8:02:23 AM PDT · by Publius · 13 replies · 401+ views
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 19 April 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Hamilton Plans to Save MoneyHaving laid out his ideas for raising taxes in Federalist #12, in this very short paper Hamilton now lays out his ideas for saving money, and the Union under the new Constitution is his way of doing it. Here he war-games different scenarios about how the Union might break up, and what would be the results of that breakup. Federalist #13Advantage of the Union in Respect to Economy in Government Alexander Hamilton, 28 November 1787 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 As connected with the subject of revenue, we may...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Cato #5

    04/15/2010 8:10:23 AM PDT · by Publius · 11 replies · 363+ views
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 15 April 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    An Anti-Federalist Summarizes the SituationThe name Cato had strong echoes throughout the entire Revolutionary period. Every schoolboy knew of Cato the Younger’s integrity and his stand against Julius Caesar, not only from reading Plutarch, but from Joseph Addison’s popular play. “Cato” had been George Washington’s favorite play, and he’d had it performed for his troops at Valley Forge. Many famous utterances of the day were as soaked in “Cato” as they were in the Bible. Historians believe that the anti-Federalist writer who took that name was most likely New York Governor George Clinton. Cato #5 27 November 1787 1 To...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #12

    04/12/2010 7:47:48 AM PDT · by Publius · 15 replies · 489+ views
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 12 April 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Hamilton Looks to Raise TaxesIt is not surprising that the man who was to become America’s first central banker would take a hard look at how to build a platform for taxation. That he had been a businessman first is apparent in his level-headed approach to a sensitive topic. Federalist #12The Utility of the Union In Respect to Revenue Alexander Hamilton, 27 November 1787 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 The effects of union upon the commercial prosperity of the states have been sufficiently delineated. 3 Its tendency to promote the interests of revenue...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #11

    04/08/2010 8:23:54 AM PDT · by Publius · 12 replies · 397+ views
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 8 April 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Hamilton Invents the United States NavyHamilton’s experience in the West Indies as a businessman in the import-export trade showed him the importance of a navy in the successful projection of power. It should be no surprise that the examples he chose for his lesson were all based on his experiences in the islands. Federalist #11The Utility of the Union in Respect to Commercial Relations and a Navy Alexander Hamilton, 24 November 1787 1 To the People of the State of New York: 2 The importance of the Union in a commercial light is one of those points about which there...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #10

    04/05/2010 8:13:00 AM PDT · by Publius · 34 replies · 819+ views
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 5 April 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Madison Enters the FrayThe tone of the argument changes. Hamilton is the brilliant raconteur and legal thinker, and Madison is the earnest professor of history. After Shays’ Rebellion, Madison sat down and wrote a scholarly paper titled “Vices of the Political System of the United States”, known by historians today as “Madison’s Vices”, which would have prompted a giggle from the man himself. James Madison was a man of abstemious habits who did not smoke and drank only in moderation with meals. If one wanted a dinner guest who could charm a room with his repartee and sing old songs...