An Argument Open to All: Reading "The Federalist" in the 21st Century

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Yale University Press, Nov 24, 2015 - Political Science - 368 pages
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.
 

Contents

An Introduction
1
PART 1 Something Must Be Done to Save the Union
7
PART 2 Bigger Is in Fact Better
37
PART 3 Why Confederation Is Both Odious and an Imbecility
55
Standing Armies
83
PART 5 How Does One Pay for the Services Supplied by the Union? On Taxes and the Taxing Power
109
PART 6 To Err Is Human and Perfect Clarity Is Chimerical
133
PART 7 On the Limits of the Rule of Law
147
The Legislature
189
PART 11 Who Should Be in Charge of Elections?
221
PART 12 On the Senate
231
PART 13 On the Executive
253
PART 14 The Roles of the National Judiciary
297
The Importance of Institutions and the Necessity of a Strong National Government
321
Acknowledgments
331
Notes
335

PART 8 National and State Prerogatives and Maintenance of a Federal Political Order
155
PART 9 Veneration versus Reflection
181

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Sanford Levinson holds the W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood Jr. Centennial Chair in Law and is professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin.

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