[HAMILTON, JAY & MADISON] The Federalist Papers

Sentences that made me go, “wow!” The little notes are based on my understanding, who has little background knowledge on the subject, and not yet checked with the expected intention of authors.

“…[S]ocieties of men are really capable or not of establishing good Government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force.”

The establishment of the Constitution gives the US People power to decide its own government, but it wasn’t made sure that Men were able to elect their leaders, for since the dawn of civilization there has always been kings and governments mostly have hierarchy system.

“The plan offered to our deliberations affects too many particular interests, innovates upon too many local institutions, not to involve in its discussion a variety of objects foreign to its merits, and of views, passions and prejudices little favorable to the discovery of truth.”

They had to “admit” that by agreeing on the Constitution, they have simplify the many interests and involvements of diverse groups of men, those who have different merits, views, passions, and prejudices. The truth is it is hard to discover the truth among such societies.

“For 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.”

It is unreasonable to change someone’s opinions in politics, which I think is the absolute truth and everyone should abide by this. The world might have less wars and unnecessary arguments.


Published by Thi Le


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