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Brutus I : Anti-Federalist

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Katelyn McCreight

on 23 October 2014

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Transcript of Brutus I : Anti-Federalist

We need a Bill of Rights...
Along with many other Anti-Feds, Brutus argued that a Bill of Rights was a crucial part in the protection of people.
What about creating a Republic?
Brutus clearly was against creating a large, whole republic and wanted each state to have its own.
Small vs. Large
Easier for people to come together to view issues
know representatives
Brutus argues that Congress has entirely too much power .
Prefers confederation; separate states who come together for concerns, gov. can intervene if absolutely necessary.
Brutus I : Anti-Federalist
Robert Yates, under the Pseudonym "Brutus," attempted to make the people of New York make the "wise" decision not to ratify the Constitution.
Main Objective...
Major Point Brutus Makes...
Should the nation come together as a whole or stay split into thirteen separate states where government can only intervene if necessary?
Brutus thought that the U.S. was too large to be efficiently governed by one central power.
Large country + one government = tyranny
Allowing the government too much power requires people to sacrifice their liberties.
Brutus--
Do not ratify the Constitution or sacrifice liberties if you do.

"When the people once part with power, they can seldom or never resume it again but by force."
Benefits & Disadvantages
"Clashing of opinions"
Interest of the country as a whole diminishes.
(in it for oneself)
Taxes are one of the things that make a government function.
When federal government implements direct taxation, states won't be able to support own governments. Without money, gov. will cripple states of power and the power will be sucked back into hands of federal gov.
Brutus indicates that a free republic cannot exist in such a large place as the U.S.
Greeks and Roman states started small but became corrupted as they grew in size.
Real free republic comes from the people not the representatives
Brutus--
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