Post-It Notes!! - TPF 0E

April 16, 2018
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The guys are back with an informal episode full of insights and laughs.

Federalist No. 20 - Crippling Unanimity - TPF20

April 1, 2018
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Hamilton and Madison return with one last example of a failed confederacy.  This time they discuss The United Netherlands.  As Cary points out, once again things look good on paper for The United Netherlands, but in practice they didn’t work out well.  One key provision that held it back was the requirement for unanimous consent among its members.  Ultimately, the authors end this section of the Federalist Papers with a resounding conclusion that a confederacy, as a form of government, will not work for The United States of America.

Federalist No. 19 – More Failed Confederacies - TPF19

March 16, 2018
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Hamilton and Madison are back to bring you simultaneously too much detail and also not enough detail at the same time.  How do they manage this?  Justin and Cary examine the authors’ analysis of German principalities, as well as Polish and Swedish governments.

Federalist No. 18 – Ancient Greek Societies … Again - TPF18

February 11, 2018
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If anyone doubted him, Mr. Hamilton returns to demonstrate his knowledge of ancient Greek societies yet again.  Do his references really support the point he is trying to make in this paper?  The guys return to discuss that and more in this episode.

Federalist No. 17 - Whiplash - TPF17

January 20, 2018
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Mr. Hamilton once again argues for a stronger federal government relative to the state governments.  Justin and Cary welcome everyone to 2018.  The guys return to their feuding ways, and debate the importance of this paper in the modern world.

Federalist No. 16 - A Chain Reaction

December 26, 2017
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Mr. Hamilton returns and continues his campaign for a stronger, more centralized form of federal government.  Hamilton focuses on how one state’s choice to disobey the authority of the federal government could cause a chain reaction throughout the union that could lead to the destruction of the whole.  Justin and Cary return in the final episode of 2017 to discuss Hamilton’s analysis.  Enjoy.

Federalist No. 15 - Shame, Hyperbole, and Cake - TPF15

November 28, 2017
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Justin and Cary welcome Matt back to the podcast.  Hamilton returns to offer his services as a guide to the reader.  He then proceeds to list all of the embarrassments the nation was suffering at the time, and to point out that a law without consequence is really just a suggestion.  Numerous pop culture references make there way into the discussion, and in the end the guys agree that cake is always a good thing.

Federalist No. 14 - People Just Don’t Understand Words - TPF14

November 6, 2017
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Mr. Madison is back to explain the difference between a republic and a democracy to those annoying Anti-Federalists who just can’t seem to understand English.  Cary and Justin return as well.  The guys count down Madison’s reasons of why the American form of government will prevail.  Cary takes Madison to task for his selective memory.  Echoes of Jay’s arguments related to homogeny can be heard in this paper. Madison foresaw better roads in American’s future, but did he also foresee the Hyperloop?  Did Madison also lay the groundwork for one unified world government?  These questions and more are answered as the guys get swept up in Madison’s vigor. 

Mr. Cary Goes to Washington - TPF 0D

October 17, 2017
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In this episode Cary discusses his recent trip to Washington D.C. and his thoughts in light of the current project.

Federalist No. 13 - No Well-informed Man - TPF13

September 30, 2017
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Cary and Justin are back, and this time they’ve brought a friend!  Matt joins in to discuss Hamilton’s arguments that “no well-informed man” can disagree with.  The ever budget conscious Hamilton points out that one strong federal government will be cheaper to manage than any number of small confederacies.  The discussion gets briefly side tracked due to the awesome superpowers of the Federal Farmer.  When they regroup, the guys wonder if Hamilton was the Nostradamus of his time.  Does Hamilton correctly point out some of the regional fault lines that surfaced in the Civil War?  Does Hamilton undercut some of the arguments of Jay by suggesting that there are regional differences in the population of American, and that there is a lack of homogeneity?  The guys address these questions and more in this episode!!