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Week Four Answers - Week Four Federalist #10 Worksheet...

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Week Four Federalist #10 Worksheet Answers (James Madison) 1. How did the people in the 18 th Century perceive democracy—popular government? Positively or negatively? Answer: They generally had a negative perception of democracy where power rested with the people. Their study of classical history and their own state government experience showed that when people governed that a majority group passed laws that favored their own interests at the expense of the public good. Minority groups in society were often ignored. Clashes between these factions caused unstable governments, and in the case of the classical Athens, someone had to be called in to restore order at the expense of individual liberty. When you read our U. S. Constitution, you may notice there is no mention of the word democracy! Our framers equated it with “mob rule” where property rights would go unprotected. 2. Define a faction. Answer : Madison writes that “[b]y a faction, I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adverse to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.” 3. What did Madison consider the source/cause of faction? List two (2) main causes of faction:
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This note was uploaded on 02/10/2010 for the course PCS 782 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Bowling Green.

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