Cary and Justin are back to discuss Hamilton's faith in the congress to check to the power of the executive. Pop cultural references abound in this new episode!
Hamilton recognizes the concern of standing armies in peacetime, and the danger to liberty they represent. As a way to calm these concerns, he offers a method by which the Legislative branch can check the power of the Executive. Instead of attacking his critics head on, Hamilton employs the “neutral observer” as a method of demonstrating how no well-reasoned person could possibly disagree with his position.
Hamilton returns to discus what sort of protection the federal government should provide to its member states, how much power the federal government should have, and how the federal government will exercise that power. During this paper, Hamilton reveals himself as a closet monarchist, and a champion of the Leviathan. Emperor Palpatine would be proud!!
Hamilton is back to discuss the need for nationwide regulation of commerce, a national military, equal suffrage between the states, and the need for a supreme court. In true Hamilton fashion, he presents his arguments as being the best possible choice. Join Justin and Cary as they discuss Hamilton’s arguments in this paper, and how they conflict with earlier arguments presented in these papers.
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.
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.
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.