The Paperless Federalists

Federalist No. 24 - The Nuclear Option - TPF24

August 29, 2018

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.

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