5 - September 5, 2007 MC 201 Lecture Federalist Papers...

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September 5, 2007 MC 201 Lecture Federalist Papers 47-51 Historical Context: Newspaper articles published by Publius : republican ideals. The antifederalists wrote under the pseudonyms of Brutus and Cato. The purpose of the papers was to promote the newly written Constitution, which was to replace the weak Articles of Confederation. This was seen as a coup d’etat – to shut down the revolution and revert to monarchy. Madison discusses the faculties and diversity of men from which the rights originate. The protection of these is the first object of government, not the protection of property. Equalizing the distribution of property cannot last for more than a generation. o People’s opinions are shaped by their social status and class. – This causes distinct differences in the interests in society. o Modern legislation has made progress and involves incorporating into government party and faction. What is important is to regulate these interests to achieve a balance among them. Interest groups compete with each other and are
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5 - September 5, 2007 MC 201 Lecture Federalist Papers...

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