Here is Brutus #1. This is a reply of the Anti-Federalists to the Federalists and the Federalist Papers. Brutus #1 is in response to Federalist #10. Please read Brutus #1 and answer the questions below.
Questions to Consider
- Which form of government (a large national republic or a confederation of small republics) is more likely to preserve and protect personal liberties and why?
- Can a larger republic, based on the principle of consent of the governed, sufficiently protect the rights and liberties of the individual states and people, or is a confederation the only method of securing such liberty?
- Should the federal legislature be able to repeal state laws in order to impose federal laws for the purpose of promoting the general welfare or common defense of the nation? If so, why? If not, why?
- Brutus argues that in a republic, “the manners, sentiments, and interests of the people should be similar…if not, there will be a constant clashing of opinions and the representatives of one part will be constantly striving against the other.” Should a republic be made up of a small group of like-minded people? Or, is diversity of opinion beneficial to the success of a federal government?