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Anti-Federalist Paper Series-Ep. 11: Is a Bill of Rights Necessary? Federal Farmer IV, James Wilson’s State House Speech, and Federalist 84  show art Anti-Federalist Paper Series-Ep. 11: Is a Bill of Rights Necessary? Federal Farmer IV, James Wilson’s State House Speech, and Federalist 84

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Anti-Federalists supported a Bill of Rights as they viewed it as a list of rights that should be retained by the people. The Federalists did not view it as necessary, believing checks and balances sufficient to protect our individual liberty, and argued an enumeration of “we the peoples’” rights would allow government to take over in areas not listed.  They feared it might actually harm individual liberty.  What do you think?  Join our panel and Constitutional expert Tara Ross for this powerful dis

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Anti-Federalist Paper Series-Ep. 10: The Powers of the New Government: Brutus V, Agrippa VII and Federalist 45 show art Anti-Federalist Paper Series-Ep. 10: The Powers of the New Government: Brutus V, Agrippa VII and Federalist 45

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Should power rest with states or with the fed government? The Articles of Confederation did an incomplete job in assigning powers so The Founders held a Constitutional Convention. Brutus and Agrippa felt the “common defense and general welfare” clause in the new constitution was broad. Federalist 45 responded with the power of the government are few and defined while state's power are many and undefined. Join our panel and Gordon Lloyd for this week’s discussion that still has profound relevance.

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Anti-Federalist Paper Series-Ep. 9: Unity of the Executive: Cato V and Federalist 70 show art Anti-Federalist Paper Series-Ep. 9: Unity of the Executive: Cato V and Federalist 70

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Have you noticed that Article 2 of the Constitution is much shorter than Article 1? The Founders knew the President’s powers needed to be “flexible." The Anti-Federalists felt this was dangerous as the President could become a Caesar with undefined powers. The Federalists were happy with a strong executive. What do you think? Has our Executive Branch grown to be too big with too much power? Join our panel and Professor Joerk Knipprath as we discuss both of these points of views in this week’s chat.

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Anti-Federalist Paper Series-Ep. 8: The Role of the Second Branch: Brutus XVI and Federalist 63 show art Anti-Federalist Paper Series-Ep. 8: The Role of the Second Branch: Brutus XVI and Federalist 63

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In Brutus XVI, the Anti-Federalists had concerns over the design of the senate even though it was needed for their preferred type of government. They feared it was a threat to liberty because of the consolidation of central power. In Federalist 63, Madison argued against these fears. Join our panel and constitutional expert, Michael Zuckert from the University of Notre Dame, as we explore Brutus’ concerns, the concessions Madison promulgated and what our guest likes to call “short-leash republicanism

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Anti-Federalist Paper Series-Ep. 7: The Role of the First Branch: Brutus III and Federalist 55 show art Anti-Federalist Paper Series-Ep. 7: The Role of the First Branch: Brutus III and Federalist 55

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Madison wrote in Federalist 55, “Had every Athenian been a Socrates; every Athenian assembly would still have been a mob.” The Founders knew representation was central to the American experiment so it was no accident that the Constitution first created Congress. While the Federalists wanted to give more power to Congress, the Anti-Federalists were wary of such “enlargement.” This debate continues today. Join our panel & special guest Tony Williams as we dive into the structure of the “first br

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Anti-Federalist Paper Series-Ep. 6: The Separation of Powers-Brutus II and Federalist 51 show art Anti-Federalist Paper Series-Ep. 6: The Separation of Powers-Brutus II and Federalist 51

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James Madison wrote that "the great difficulty" of creating a system of government is finding the way it can "control ITSELF."

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Anti-Federalist Paper Series-Ep. 5: The Role of the Executive: An Old Whig V and Federalist 71  show art Anti-Federalist Paper Series-Ep. 5: The Role of the Executive: An Old Whig V and Federalist 71

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Does the Executive branch have TOO much power? The Anti-Federalists thought so! What do YOU think? This was a major debate among the founding fathers and it still rages on today. Join our panel and special guest Professor Gordon Lloyd of the Pepperdine School of Public Policy as we discuss the term of office of the presidency; the difference between a monarch and the president; the difference between “Whigs” and “Old Whigs” and how all of this is relevant today!

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Anti-Federalist Paper Series-Ep. 4: The Improved Science of Politics: Brutus I and Federalist 9 show art Anti-Federalist Paper Series-Ep. 4: The Improved Science of Politics: Brutus I and Federalist 9

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Does the "Necessary and Proper Clause" in our Constitution restrict our freedom? The Anti-Federalists thought so.  This debate among the founders still rages on today.

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Anti-Federalist Paper Series - Ep. 3: The Extended Commercial Republic: An Old Whig IV and Federalist 10 show art Anti-Federalist Paper Series - Ep. 3: The Extended Commercial Republic: An Old Whig IV and Federalist 10

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“A Republic If You Can Keep It!" Have We?

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Anti-Federalist Paper Series - Ep. 2: Partly National, Partly Fed-Federal Farmer 1 & Federalist 39 show art Anti-Federalist Paper Series - Ep. 2: Partly National, Partly Fed-Federal Farmer 1 & Federalist 39

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Power to the states or concentrate power in a central federal government? This was a major debate among the founding fathers and it still rages on today. Join our panel and special guest Tony Williams with the Bill of Rights Institute as we discuss how our current system can be described as partly national and partly federal.

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He was a physician, United States Mint Treasurer, Member of the Continental Congress, founder of a college, Surgeon General of the Continental Army and “the father of American psychiatry.” He also signed the Declaration of Independence. He was Dr. Benjamin Rush. Join our panel and author William Federer as we dive into the life of Dr. Rush in this exciting and informative chat.