Reading guide for federalist #51 What is essential to the "preservation of liberty?" How should this "



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READING GUIDE FOR FEDERALIST #51

1. What is essential to the “preservation of liberty?” How should this “be so constituted?”

2. Explain the following: “A dependence upon the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.”

3. In a republican government, which branch is the strongest? Identify three ways of “remedying this inconveniency.”

4. List two ways in which the federal system of the US “places that system in a very interesting point of view,” i.e. protects against tyranny.

*** Make sure that you know the role of the following “auxiliary precautions” in guarding against tyranny:



Separation of powers
Checks and balances
• Federalism


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