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Read Federalist No. 10 and No. 51
Study Questions for Federalist Number 10 By James Madison
- What is a faction? Why are factions a problem in government?
- What are the two methods for curing the mischiefs of faction? What are the two methods for removing the causes of faction?
- What does Madison argue that the causes of faction cannot be removed?
- Why does pure democracy have no cure for the mischiefs of faction? Is Madison arguing against a system of majority rule? Why or why not?
- To what extent will enlightened leadership solve the problems of factions? Why does Madison more trust in the leaders than the people?
- Why does a republic do a better job of controlling the effects of faction than a pure democracy? Why does a large republic do a better job of controlling the effects of faction than a small republic?
- What is Madison’s view of human nature? Does he think human beings are essentially good or bad? How does his answer to this question influence his approach to government?
- Is Madison arguing in favor of majority rule or against it? Does he trust the masses to make enlightened choices or not? How does his answer to this question influence his approach to government?
- How does Madison's argument about the problems created by factions relate to political problems in the US today? Do we have factions active in our political system today? Do some of these factions have too much power?
- Is the American constitutional system effectively controlling the effects of faction today? What further steps, if any, need to be taken to address this problem in modern times?
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Comparison / Contrast graphic organizers for Federalists and Antifederalists. Also, reading and discussion questions for Federalists #10