The Federalist Papers: No. 48

On this day in 1788, Federalist Paper No. 48 is published. James Madison (a.k.a. “Publius”) continues his discussion of separation of powers in government. Madison agreed that separation of powers was critical in a free country. If the whole power of two departments falls into the hands of one person, then power can be abused. […]

The Federalist Papers: No. 47

On this day in 1788, Federalist Paper No. 47 is published. James Madison (a.k.a. “Publius”) tackles the concept of separation of powers in government. Believe it or not, our Constitution was then being attacked for failing to provide sufficient separation among the legislative, executive, and judicial functions. How interesting that the founding generation was ready […]

The Federalist Papers: No. 46

On this day in 1788, Federalist Paper No. 46 is published. James Madison (a.k.a. “Publius”) discusses which level of government—state or national—will have greater support from the people and which can better defend itself from encroachments by the other. This essay offers a glimpse into how very far we have fallen! Madison seems literally unable […]

The Federalist Papers: No. 45

On this day in 1788, Federalist Paper No. 45 is published. James Madison spent the past few essays defending each power transferred to the new national government. Now he asks whether the accumulation of all these powers (“the whole mass of them”) could be “dangerous to the portion of authority left in the several States.” […]