Federalist papers 101

The Problem of Majority Faction


In Federalist 10, Publius confronts one of the most important Anti-Federalist arguments against ratification: Republican government is impossible on a territory as large as the United States.

In fact, such an undertaking had never been successful.

In response, Publius proposes that the principal remedy for the political disease of faction—a disease “most incident to republican government”—is the large or extended sphere or territory.


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About the Professor

Paul Moreno has been the William and Berniece Grewcock Chair in Constitutional History and Professor of History since 1999.

He received his B.A. at the State University of New York, Albany, in 1987, and received his M.A. from the same institution in 1988.

He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1994.

He went on to teach at St. Thomas Aquinas College from 1994-98 and served as the editor-in-chief of The Massachusetts News from 1998-99.

He was a John M. Olin Junior Faculty Fellow, as well as a Fellow in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University in 2005-06, and taught at the University of Paris School of Law in 2009.


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