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The Federalist No. 51 and No. 10 M/W/F 10:30-11:30 The Federalist No. 10 (Madison) (1787) In the Federalist No. 10, the argument is clearly about factions, and their role in a republican government. Factions are groups who work in their own self interest, not for the public good. The causes of factions are ingrained into the very being of men. Since the cause of factions in a government cannot be stopped, the effects of factions must and can be. The newly designed American governmental system can stop large factions from violating the rights of smaller factions. There are two reasons for this. First, in a republic, officials have to be elected. They must appeal to the values of the common people to be put into office in the first place. Also because of the sheer size of the United States. The distance between states can prevent a large overwhelming faction from ever being developed. It can therefore be determined that factions are unavoidable, but their impact can be curtailed by a republican
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Unformatted text preview: form of government. The Federalist No. 51 (Hamilton or Madison) (1788) In the Federalist No. 51, the basis of the essay revolves around stopping corruption. People are inherently corrupt. So governments must be implemented to police the people. But the governments themselves must also be policed as well. Elections will not stop corruption on a government level. Therefore a system of checks and balances must be put into play. Each part of government has to watch over the other parts to insure they do not violate the rights and liberties of the people. Therefore, the branches of government must be separate entities in order to watch over each other. The equal distribution of power will put an end to corruption on a governmental level; or at least, it will endear to. The duty lies with the elected officials, and whether or not the trust given to them by the voters will make them work for the public interest instead of their own....
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