Brutus Anti Federalism

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Although the writers of the Brutus essays understood the importance of amending the Articles of Confederation, they nonetheless opposed the ratification of the Constitution. The Anti-Federalist, who wrote the “Brutus” essays in response to the Federalist Papers, were concerned about a powerful centralized government, individual rights and equal representation. In the first of the Brutus essays, the Anti-Federalist articulate their concerns about a strong federal government. The second of the Brutus essays advocates for a bill of rights, in order to ensure people’s individual rights. Lastly the Anti-Federalists wrote in the third of the Brutus essays about the issue of equal representation. In response to the Brutus essays, Madison answered …show more content…
In Federalist number 10, as has been previously argued in this paper, a republican system of government is able to control any abusive government. Additionally, a republican government is able to control any abusive majority from taking advantage of the rights of the minority. Therefore, through this type of government the “public good and the rights of other citizens” is respected. As mentioned before in Federalist number 51, Madison writes that the individual rights and interest of every citizen is connected to the Constitution.Furthermore, in a republic the citizens surrender their rights to a single government. However, the division of government is a creates a “double security” of the rights of the people. In addition, In Federalist 51, Madison makes the assurance that the rights of everyone would be protected. In brief, despite the rule of the majority, the minority has the assurances that their individual rights to life, liberty and property would be …show more content…
Moreover, Madison understood that society was divided in many different aspects of “interests and classes of citizens.” However, through a republican form of government the rights of everyone, including rich and poor, the majority and the minority, would not be in danger. For that reason, in Federalist number 51, Madison writes that a system of checks and balances will protect against the “encroachments of the other”branches of government, including the senate and the general assembly. Furthermore, Madison guarantees that a republican form of government will protect the interest of every man and that said rights must be connected to the Constitution. Thus, a republican form of government would control the abuses of the elite,and provide equal representation before the senate in order to safeguard the interest of the minority and the poor. For that reason, Madison argues that it was necessary to divide the legislative branch into two branches. In addition, the two branches of the general assembly would have different ways of election process, and have as little connection with each other as possible. Lastly, the purpose of the two legislative branches was to guard against “dangerous encroachments” of the representatives on the people’s individual

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