Federalist No. 8: WAR! - TPF 08

June 28, 2017

In this episode Cary and Justin address Hamilton’s concerns that if the States fail to unite, they will devolve into a state of perpetual militarization and war between themselves.  Cary discusses why large states like New York need to be concern with the smaller states.  Hamilton warns of the dangers of over militarization, and how this can lead to the suppression of liberty and personal freedoms.  Justin discusses how Hamilton’s themes resonate today with the case of Rumsfeld vs. Padilla, and former President Eisenhower’s Farwell address.  The guys disagree on whether Hamilton would be able to take the positions he advocates in Federalist No. 8 today.  Did the Napoleonic Wars negate Hamilton’s position about how countries use their military forces?  Is Hamilton’s message of unity still valid, and perhaps even more critical, today?  Cary turns away from Hamilton, and looks to The Leviathan and The Watchmen for answers.  In the end, the guys remind us, “There's no crying in [the geopolitical arena]!”

Federalist No. 7: iPads, Pizza, and “Rhode Island Bucks” - TPF 07

June 15, 2017

Can you hear us now Mr. Hamilton?  The guys are back with improved audio after having recovered from Hamilton’s mental melee in Federalist No. 6.  In this episode, Justin and Cary discuss how the states at the time are like modern day children fighting over an iPad.  Hamilton references the Pennamite-Yankee Wars between the citizens of Pennsylvania and Connecticut as an example of why a stronger federal government is needed.  Justin questions if doing so was a blunder, or a bold strategic move.  Cary delves into New York’s anger towards Vermont.  While Hamilton envisions arguments over the payments of debt, Cary sees the parallel to arguments over payments for college pizza.  Not so fast colonial Rhode Island!  The guys have plenty of vitriol for you as well!