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MC_201_Reading_Notes_02_--_Federalist_47-51 - MC 201...

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MC 201, Introduction to the Study of Public Affairs Discussion Sections 13 and 14 – David Yamanishi Reading Notes for Federalist Papers # 47-51 1. Why does Madison believe that “the accumulation of all powers…in the same hands… may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny?” (p. 298) 2. How do the examples of the British and various state constitutions confirm Madison’s belief that “partial agency” by one department in the affairs of another does not contravene the principle that “where the whole power of one department is exercised by the same hands which possess the whole power of another department, the fundamental principles of a free constitution are subverted.” (p. 299) 3. Why does Madison believe that “power is of an encroaching nature?” Why will “parchment barriers” not suffice to prevent encroachment? (p. 305) 4. Why does Madison focus upon the danger proffered by legislative encroachment upon the executive and judicial departments? What might he make of today’s “imperial
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