Saving our Constitutional Republic – A Review of Federalist Paper #23

In Federalist Paper #23, The Necessity of a Government as Energetic as the One Proposed to the Preservation of the Union, Alexander Hamilton argues for the “necessity of a Constitution, at least equally energetic with the one proposed, to the preservation of the Union.”

Hamilton doesn’t waste time with generalities, and outlines three main points:

  • What the Federal Government should provide;
    • The common defense of the members,
    • The preservation of public peace,
    • The regulation of commerce, and the conducting of foreign affairs.
  • The amount of power necessary to carry out their positions;
    • The government must have the power to “pass all laws and make all regulation” which pertain to the common safety of the union.
  • Who in the government should do this.
    • Hamilton does not dig into details on this issue – rather, he defers this until later essays.

Credit for the summary and analysis is given to Brittany Nelson and Christopher Higgins (second revision 09/15/2011). Weinbloom, Elizabeth ed. “The Federalist Papers Essay 23 Summary and Analysis”. GradeSaver, 30 December 2011 Web. 24 January 2019.

Go to the GrAdeSaver Summary of Federalist #23

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