Madison’s Federalist #10. Political and Economic Reality. Madison’s Federalist #10 – Cures For Faction – Essentially Reconciled the Actual Politics in the Colonies with an Ideal – Republican Government. HOW DO YOU CONTROL THE VIOLENCE OF FACTIONS? Remove Causes Destroy Liberty
Political and Economic Reality
Madison’s Federalist #10 – Cures For Faction – Essentially Reconciled the Actual Politics in the Colonies with an Ideal – Republican Government.
1) Hamiltonian View (British) -- parties are evils and the only proper one is one which eliminates all parties;
2) Madisonian-- parties are the price one pays for liberty, they can be checked but not eliminated. View that of Hume. Jefferson & Adams had same view;
3) Burkean (Van Buren) -- parties inevitable & good--no important American thinker took this view at the time of the writing of #10.
People hold Opinions with Passion-- "the former will be the objects to which the latter will attach themselves." In the extreme case of a mass movement:
The various and unequal distributions of property (broadly defined) divides the citizenry into classes and these form the bases of politics.