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The Federalist Papers were written in the late 1780s in an attempt to gain support in New York for the Constitution. One of the writers involved in the Papers was James Madison, who is my subject of discussion. One section of the reading that was particularly interesting was The Federalist No. 10, where Madison discusses the usefulness of the Constitution in protecting the proposed “Union” against the threat of “factions.” Madison describes these factions as “a number of citizens, whether accounting to a majority or minority…adverse to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community” (p57). These factions are created through inequality of the people, which in turn are created from “the various and unequal distribution of property” (p59). This idea reflects that of Rousseau, who proposed the idea of inequality being based on the creation of “property.” Madison continues this idea by noting that people naturally have differing strengths, interests and opinions, thus
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