Balancing Ambition: Federalist 51 Explained *Part 1* | A Primary Source Close Read w/ BRI
How does the structure of our federal system protect liberty? In part one of a two-part series, Kirk explains Federalist 51 in simple terms. How did the Founders set up a government that would balance power equally? Can personal motivations align with national interests while maintaining a balance of power in government?
A Primary Source Close Reads Video Playlist
Primary Source Close Reading with BRI investigates some of the most pivotal speeches and documents that made America. In this series, join BRI staff Kirk Higgins and guests as they dissect how seminal documents, court cases, and speeches forged America’s development and impact our lives today.
Federalist Papers No. 51 (1788)
In this Federalist Paper, James Madison explains and defends the checks and balances system in the Constitution. Each branch of government is framed so that its power checks the power of the other two branches; additionally, each branch of government is dependent on the people, who are the source of legitimate authority.
Unit 3: The American Government
“But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature?” With an understanding built through theory and practical experience, Americans worked to design a government that would secure liberty and justice.
Balancing Interests: Federalist 51 Explained *Part 2* | A Primary Source Close Read w/ BRI
How does the structure of our federal system protect liberty? In part 2 of our "Federalist 51 Explained" series, Kirk explores Publius' arguments for how the Constitution protects minority rights. How does the Constitution balance multiple interests to pursue the common good? What does it mean when Publius says that justice is the end of government?