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    Default The Federalist Papers?

    Has anyone here read this book and if so should I buy it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by UGLY View Post
    Has anyone here read this book and if so should I buy it?
    Only if you want to know just how different our current government is from what our forefathers envisioned.

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    Default Re: The Federalist Papers?

    I would like to know that. So I think I will buy it.

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    Default Re: The Federalist Papers?

    If you already have a foregone conclusion as to what you'll find, why bother? On the other hand, if you want to learn something you maybe didn't know about American history, and the shaping of the U.S. Constitution, this is probably one of the best sources (caveat: I haven't read it myself)

    I'm not one for electronic reading, but if you don't mind reading things that way...

    http://thomas.loc.gov/home/histdox/fedpapers.html

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federalist_Papers
    Last edited by matclone; 04-03-2008 at 02:50 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matclone View Post
    If you already have a foregone conclusion as to what you'll find, why bother? On the other hand, if you want to learn something you maybe didn't know about American history, and the shaping of the U.S. Constitution, this is probably one of the best sources (caveat: I haven't read it myself)

    I'm not one for electronic reading, but if you don't mind reading things that way...

    http://thomas.loc.gov/home/histdox/fedpapers.html

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federalist_Papers
    Thanks for the links. More reading to add to my list as I get time!

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    It is a must read

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    I can't help but find it ironic how so many have come to hate Federalism (which, like it or lump it, is our form of government), yet we continue to gravitate toward the Federalist papers, quote them as gospel, and treat them as "days gone by."
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    So I bought the book and have come to the conclusion in the first three essays that these men were light years smarter than we are. Here is an example

    "For, in politics as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution."

    Alexander Hamilton Federalist #1

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    So I bought the book and have come to the conclusion in the first three essays that these men were light years smarter than we are.

    I think their inteligence could be found in the pragmatism they had. The sides could be as far apart as possible, yet had respect for, and knew that, others views were part of the process..... this even though the debate got so heated at times there were even life/death duals involved. In a polarized political environment, that is much a competition, as it is searching for good public policy, this sort of compromise, or meeting of minds, is much harder to come by. The ill effects of this set of unfortunate circumstances is heighted by a far more complex world of situations than of that time.
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