Introduction Government and Politics Politics - the basics Politics and Economics Political Ideas - Ideology Government The Political Society No rules or laws are needed in the state of nature. (John Locke) Human nature – competitive or cooperative
—The Federalists wanted a strong central government to promote commerce, prevent political strife, and protect international interests.
—The Antifederalists feared that a strong central government would endanger liberty, thereby favoring weaker and decentralized government.
—Conservatives (Republicans) seek a strong government to protect economic interests, public morality, and international interests, and generally prefer state government action.
—Liberals (Democrats) seek a strong national government to protect civil liberties, the environment, and to provide economic security.