Explain how Jefferson and Hamilton's view on human nature effected their position on specific policies.

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Both men, Jefferson and Hamilton, had specific and conflicting views on human nature.  Jefferson, ever the democrat, believed firmly that all citizens were able to handle all positions and voice their own opinions. To him, this was the only true way to have democracy... a more direct Athenian concept.  Hamilton, on the other hand, had more faith in the republic idea... meaning that he felt that the enlightened group of the public had to help the generally uneducated masses to see the benefit of the government's policies... for example, during the debates in the first cabinet, Jefferson and Hamilton routinely debated the merits of how much influence the government should have in the lives and decisions of its citizens.  Jefferson favored a weaker federal government; wheareas Hamilton argued for a stronger one.

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