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Federalist Papers with Pat Noonan

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Welcome back Patrick! Join us this evening as Pat continues his lessons on the Federalist Papers. We will be picking up with lesson 10 and 11 and time pending, continue with lesson 12.

“Liberty is to faction what air is to fire, an aliment without which it instantly expires,” James Madison  eloquently wrote in The Federalist number 10. He continued, “But it could not be less folly to abolish liberty, which is essential to political life, because it nourishes faction, than it would be to wish the annihilation of air, which is essential to animal life, because it imparts to fire its destructive agency.”

“…the smaller the number of individuals composing a majority, and the smaller the compass within which they are placed, the more easily will they concert and execute their plans of oppression. Extend the sphere, and you take in a greater variety of parties and interests; you make it less probable that a majority of the whole will have a common motive to invade the rights of other citizens[.]” (No. 10)

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