|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