Socialism and "The Federalist Papers" Term Paper by Nicky

A look at elements of socialism in "The Federalist Papers."
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This paper argues that Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and James Madison , the authors of "The Federalist Papers" had socialist leanings as seen in this work. First, the paper describes the background of this compilation of essays written at the time of the American Revolution. Then, it elaborates on the outlooks of each of the authors as reflected in their essays. The paper then cites modern scholars and their interpretations of "The Federalist Papers." Next, the paper cites how the three authors were promoting a centralized government in their writings. The paper concludes by stating that "The Federalist Papers" provide a deeper understanding of what government's powers should, and should not be.

From the Paper:

"Though Alexander can probably be described as a nationalist, he was also a strong advocate of a republic. His writings in The Federalist extolled the virtues of a centralized authority while at the same time commanding a view that society would evolve because of the work of the common citizen. He knew that a centralized government would likely work very well under a society that looked to the executive branch "especially in his proposed systems of banking, finance, and credit" (Beuttler, 2008, p. 24). His viewpoint directly competed with Thomas Jefferson's vision of an agrarian republic, and many experts believe that Jefferson's and Hamilton's competing visions "encouraged the spreading of populist Democratic-Republican societies" (Beuttler, p. 24). Evidence of this spreading is the use of the Federalist Papers in times during one party or the other is in power. It seems to be particularly evident as providing proof for the centralist thinkers, or those in power who believe that the central government should be more in command than the states. This is also true of the Supreme Court usage of the Federalist writings."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Beuttler, F.W. (2008) Conflict and compromise in the Federalist era: The House debates the Jay Treaty, 1795-96, DttP, Vol. 36, No. 1, pp. 23 - 29
  • Justice David Souter, in his dissent in Printz v. United States, 1997, 521 U.S. 898 at 971).
  • Sheehan, C.A. (2001) The Federalist Papers: A commentary, Publius, Vol. 31, No. 4, pp. 133-135
  • The Supreme Court and opinion content: The use of the Federalist Papers, (2005) Political Research Quarterly, Vol. 58, No. 2, pp. 329 - 340

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