This video course will not only point out the significance and historical debate that took place while writing the constitution, it will highlight, in retrospect, the key strengths and weaknesses of each side of the debate. Bring your lunch and join us for this interesting discussion.
Classical Republicanism Thursday, January 23
The Anti-Federalists attack the proposed constitutional order as departing too much from the traditionally revered Greco-Roman ideal of virtuous participatory republicanism. We familiarize ourselves with the specific meaning of the classical republican ideal for Americans in the 18th century.
The Anti-Federalists’ Republican Vision Thursday, January 30
The character of the republican vision of the Anti-Federalists by considering their distinctive views on moral and religious legislation; on the importance of local, participatory democracy; and on representative government. All this dictates a constitution that is more decentralized (a system in which state and local governments remain more powerful) than in the more consolidated national government proposed by the Federalists.
The Argument over National Security Thursday, February 6
Federalist argue what American national security requires is a central government that has “unlimited” military and taxation powers that can be applied to individual citizens directly and not merely through their state governments. The Anti-Federalists respond by contending that such “unlimited” powers in the central government are unnecessary for national security and dangerous to liberty.
The Supreme Court and Judicial Review February 13
Hamilton’s expectation of superior virtues in the national leadership becomes more evident in his defense of the unelected, life-tenured Supreme Court. The Anti-Federalists predict that this power will be abused by the Supreme Court to dominate the system.
This course will not only point out the significance and historical debate that took place while writing the constitution, it will highlight, in retrospect, the key strengths and weaknesses of each side of the debate. Bring your lunch and join us for this interesting discussion.