In this episode Cary and Justin answer listener questions. Justin discusses what happened to Jay between Federalist No. 5 and No. 64. Cary informs us all about what he was eating while recording an earlier episode. The guys will return next time with their analysis of Federalist No. 10.
Don’t forget everyone; Hamilton knows about Greece and Rome. Hamilton begins his arguments in Federalist Paper No. 9 with another reference to Greek and Roman democracies to establish his historical “street-cred”. He then points to how the science of politics has evolved, and how the Anti-Federalists have mischaracterized the arguments of Montesquieu. The guys discuss Montesquieu, and how his ideas provided a foundation for the Constitution. Justin points out Hamilton seems to suggest that while democratic theories at the time provided the Federalists with a foundation for the Constitution, in time the Constitution may provide future peoples with a similar starting point. Hamilton argues that the Constitution allows the people to benefit from the advantages of a large federal system, but ensures we will avoid the trappings predicted by Montesquieu. Cary asks, “Can we have our cake and eat it too?”