Tag Archives: Federalist Papers

My second move in a year

Library getting packed up again. I’m too old for this shit. So this bookcase is half-packed and what is there is random, but it makes a pretty funny collage. — Dad’s book on Anglo-Irish literature (dedicated to Mum) — my … Continue reading

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Recommended Books: Non-Fiction

I have been meaning to do a Part 2 to my Recommended Books: Fiction list – put together years ago. I wanted to recommend non-fiction, from history books to biographies to essays to whatever. Here is the Non-Fiction list. I’ve … Continue reading

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Bookshelf Tour #2

A section of primary sources section. To anyone who knows my script (July and Half of August), you’ll see where the whole Warren Report joke comes from. On one of my tours of Graceland, they had Elvis’ books laid out … Continue reading

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Today in history: March 16, 1751

James Madison, fourth President of the United States, was born on this day in Virginia. “The principles and modes of government are too important to be disregarded by an inquisitive mind, and I think are well worthy of a critical … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, James Madison

… fourth President of the United States, born on this day in Virginia, 1751. “The principles and modes of government are too important to be disregarded by an inquisitive mind, and I think are well worthy of a critical examination … Continue reading

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Happy birthday, John Jay

God’s will be done; to him I resign—in him I confide. Do the like. Any other philosophy applicable to this occasion is delusive. Away with it. — Letter to his wife, Sally Jay, April 20, 1794 John Jay was born … Continue reading

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The Books: “The Federalist Papers” (Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay)

Next in my Daily Book Excerpt: Next book in my Political section: The Federalist Papers, by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay. Written in a period of months from 1787 to 1788 – spearheaded by Alexander Hamilton (otherwise known … Continue reading

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In honor of James Madison

… the fourth President of the United States … … who wrote: “What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, … Continue reading

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1787: Federalist 1: “you are invited to deliberate upon a new Constitution for the United States of America”

Here is the ringing first paragraph of Federalist 1, written by Alexander Hamilton, published on October 27, 1787, in the “New York Independent Journal” – the first of 85 essays (written by Alexander Hamilton mostly, but James Madison wrote Federalst … Continue reading

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Federalist # 10

I woke up at around 5:30 this morning. There’s a huge wind here in Manhattan today, and the sound of it battering against my window woke me up. I got up, I listened to the election on the radio for … Continue reading

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