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Bo Thompson Professor Latner Pols 112 31 March 2009 Federalist 10 Interpretation James Madison’s The Federalist No. 10 is a short essay which, along with other essays, calls for the drafting of a constitution for America. It is his response to the obvious failures of the Articles of the Confederation and a call for a movement towards a more centralized government. A main point which Madison argues is that the development of a central government would better protect the rights of minorities. He calls out to end “factions” or small groups of citizens with interests contrary to the right and/or the interests of the whole community, which he felt was prominent without a constitution or central government. Madison asserts that there are two ways to decrease the impact of “factions”; being either removing the causes of factions or to control its effects. Both could be possible, but it is only just to control the effects of factions. In order to make sure that the minority is not underrepresented and is not unfairly oppressed by the
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Unformatted text preview: majority, this idea of a large republic would need to be implicated immediately. This large republic would make it nearly impossible for corrupt delegates to impact the government negatively, bribes would have to extend to a much larger field than before in the loose confederation. In addition, the republic would use its delegates to better refine and filter the needs of the many people, an obvious plus for the rights of the minority. Overall, by removing the power of the Articles of Confederation and instilling a central government, Madison was correct in his beliefs that the rights of the minority would be better protected. Despite the fears that America would turn into what they had just gained their freedom from, the idea of a republic was accepted nationally and a constitution was drafted which still controls our government and people today....
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