Number 10 And 51 By Alexander Hamilton: Article Analysis

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This week we assessed various Federalist papers; number 10 and 51 written by James Madison and number 15 written by Alexander Hamilton. Number 10 assesses the topic of faction and the Constitution’s “…. Tendency to break and control the violence of faction” (Federalist 10, 1). Faction is political term meaning smaller organized group within a larger one. James Madison’s Federalist number 51 looks at the human nature of man and his capability for self-reason and discipline. Alexander Hamilton then writes about the need for a stronger centralized government. Federalist 10 explains that faction is inevitable since men can all have different opinions and live different lives, they will associate with those like them. There are two ways described to “cure” the problems associated with faction; remove its causes or control the effects. Removing the causes of faction is split into two methods, “…. the one, by destroying the liberty which is essential to its existence; the other, by giving to every citizen the same opinion, the same passions, and the same interests” (Federalist 10, 2). Both of which are impossible and impractical. Concluding that faction could only be cured by controlling its effects. Madison defends the republican government proposed by …show more content…
He states, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary” (Federalist 51, 66). Madison defends the checks and balances of the Constitution. It reinforces that each branch of the government power checks the others and is dependent upon the people. He also addresses concerns of Anti-federalist by showing the double security of the Constitution, “The different governments will control each other, at the same time that each will be controlled by itself” (Federalist 51,