An Argument Open to All: Reading "The Federalist" in the 21st Century
In An Argument Open to All, renowned legal scholar Sanford Levinson takes a novel approach to what is perhaps America’s most famous political tract. Rather than concern himself with the authors as historical figures, or how The Federalist helps us understand the original intent of the framers of the Constitution, Levinson examines each essay for the political wisdom it can offer us today. In eighty-five short essays, each keyed to a different essay in The Federalist, he considers such questions as whether present generations can rethink their constitutional arrangements; how much effort we should exert to preserve America’s traditional culture; and whether The Federalist’s arguments even suggest the desirability of world government.
PART 2 Bigger Is in Fact Better
PART 3 Why Confederation Is Both Odious and an Imbecility
PART 5 How Does One Pay for the Services Supplied by the Union? On Taxes and the Taxing Power
PART 6 To Err Is Human and Perfect Clarity Is Chimerical
PART 7 On the Limits of the Rule of Law
PART 11 Who Should Be in Charge of Elections?
PART 12 On the Senate
PART 13 On the Executive
PART 14 The Roles of the National Judiciary
The Importance of Institutions and the Necessity of a Strong National Government
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