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Learning Goal: I’m working on a history writing question and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.
For Module Activity #1, you will:
read Federalist no. 51: The Structure of the Government Must Furnish the Proper Checks and Balances Between the Different Departments opens in new window by James Madison
submit an essay (approx. 2-3 pages, double-spaced) in which you interpret and evaluate Federalist no. 51 by responding to the following questions:
Why does Madison fear “a gradual concentration of the several powers in the same department” of government?
How can government, as Madison claims, be “the greatest of all reflections on human nature”?
How does “the multiplicity of interests” in American society protect the rights of its citizens?
Is Madison’s opinion of the role of self-interest in the conduct of one’s life realistic? Why/why not?
Do you believe the controls against the abuse of power by a single government department have been effective? Why/why not?
Does the federal government equally serve the majority and minority interests today? Why/why not?