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Unformatted text preview: Lecture Federalist Fed1 The stakes: the existence of the UNION, the safety and welfare of the parts of which it is composed, the fate of an empire in many respects the most interesting in the world. The historical moment Can order be attained by reason/invention/skill? It has been frequently remarked that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force. The ideal case: Happy will it be if our choice should be directed by a judicious estimate of our true interests, Dr. Chris West Lecture Notes March 4, 2009 unperplexed and unbiased by considerations not connected with the public good. Reality of faction and selfish ambition prevents the ideal: But this is a thing more ardently to be wished than seriously to be expected. The plan offered to our deliberations affects too many particular interests, innovates upon too many local institutions, not to involve in its discussion a variety of objects foreign to its merits, and of views, passions and prejudices little favorable to the discovery of truth. Two types of opponents: 1) Those for whom the status quo gives power 2) Those who seek to selfishly use this moment of confusion/ debate for personal gain, to improve their lot 3) Plus, men of good intention, but wrong: a. So numerous indeed and so powerful are the causes which serve to give a false bias to the judgment, that we, upon many occasions, see wise and good men on the wrong as well as on the right side of Dr. Chris West Lecture Notes unperplexed and unbiased by considerations not connected with the public good. Reality of faction and selfish ambition prevents the ideal: But this is a thing more ardently to be wished than seriously to be expected. The plan offered to our deliberations affects too many particular interests, innovates upon too many local institutions, not to involve in its discussion a variety of objects foreign to its merits, and of views, passions and prejudices little favorable to the discovery of truth.little favorable to the discovery of truth....
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