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Join Justin and Cary as they informally discuss each of the 85 Federalist Papers by ripping away the complex language to Monday morning quarterback Hamilton, Madison, and Jay. A podcast for American history buffs and armchair constitutional scholars. New episodes released every other Sunday.

Join Justin and Cary as they informally discuss each of the 85 Federalist Papers by ripping away the complex language to Monday morning quarterback Hamilton, Madison, and Jay. A podcast for American history buffs and armchair constitutional scholars. New episodes released every other Sunday.
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Join Justin and Cary as they informally discuss each of the 85 Federalist Papers by ripping away the complex language to Monday morning quarterback Hamilton, Madison, and Jay. A podcast for American history buffs and armchair constitutional scholars. New episodes released every other Sunday.






Federalist No. 25 - And We're Back ... - TPF25

Cary, Justin, and Hamilton return to continue the discussion about standing armies. After a break, the guys are back. Join us for a new episode!!


Federalist No. 24 - The Nuclear Option - TPF24

Hamilton recognizes the concern of standing armies in peacetime, and the danger to liberty they represent. As a way to calm these concerns, he offers a method by which the Legislative branch can check the power of the Executive. Instead of attacking his critics head on, Hamilton employs the “neutral observer” as a method of demonstrating how no well-reasoned person could possibly disagree with his position.


Federalist No. 23 - Hamilton is Really a Sith Lord! - TPF23

Hamilton returns to discus what sort of protection the federal government should provide to its member states, how much power the federal government should have, and how the federal government will exercise that power. During this paper, Hamilton reveals himself as a closet monarchist, and a champion of the Leviathan. Emperor Palpatine would be proud!!


Federalist No. 22 - Hamilton’s Way or the Highway - TPF22

Hamilton is back to discuss the need for nationwide regulation of commerce, a national military, equal suffrage between the states, and the need for a supreme court. In true Hamilton fashion, he presents his arguments as being the best possible choice. Join Justin and Cary as they discuss Hamilton’s arguments in this paper, and how they conflict with earlier arguments presented in these papers.


Federalist No. 21 - Staying on the Path - TPF21

Justin channels his inner-Hamilton and keeps trying to go off topic. Cary keeps the guys on task and on the path as they discuss Federalist Paper No. 21.


Post-It Notes!! - TPF 0E

The guys are back with an informal episode full of insights and laughs.


Federalist No. 20 - Crippling Unanimity - TPF20

Hamilton and Madison return with one last example of a failed confederacy. This time they discuss The United Netherlands. As Cary points out, once again things look good on paper for The United Netherlands, but in practice they didn’t work out well. One key provision that held it back was the requirement for unanimous consent among its members. Ultimately, the authors end this section of the Federalist Papers with a resounding conclusion that a confederacy, as a form of government, will not...


Federalist No. 19 – More Failed Confederacies - TPF19

Hamilton and Madison are back to bring you simultaneously too much detail and also not enough detail at the same time. How do they manage this? Justin and Cary examine the authors’ analysis of German principalities, as well as Polish and Swedish governments.


Federalist No. 18 – Ancient Greek Societies … Again - TPF18

If anyone doubted him, Mr. Hamilton returns to demonstrate his knowledge of ancient Greek societies yet again. Do his references really support the point he is trying to make in this paper? The guys return to discuss that and more in this episode.


Federalist No. 17 - Whiplash - TPF17

Mr. Hamilton once again argues for a stronger federal government relative to the state governments. Justin and Cary welcome everyone to 2018. The guys return to their feuding ways, and debate the importance of this paper in the modern world.


Federalist No. 16 - A Chain Reaction

Mr. Hamilton returns and continues his campaign for a stronger, more centralized form of federal government. Hamilton focuses on how one state’s choice to disobey the authority of the federal government could cause a chain reaction throughout the union that could lead to the destruction of the whole. Justin and Cary return in the final episode of 2017 to discuss Hamilton’s analysis. Enjoy.


Federalist No. 15 - Shame, Hyperbole, and Cake - TPF15

Justin and Cary welcome Matt back to the podcast. Hamilton returns to offer his services as a guide to the reader. He then proceeds to list all of the embarrassments the nation was suffering at the time, and to point out that a law without consequence is really just a suggestion. Numerous pop culture references make there way into the discussion, and in the end the guys agree that cake is always a good thing.


Federalist No. 14 - People Just Don't Understand Words - TPF14

Mr. Madison is back to explain the difference between a republic and a democracy to those annoying Anti-Federalists who just can’t seem to understand English. Cary and Justin return as well. The guys count down Madison’s reasons of why the American form of government will prevail. Cary takes Madison to task for his selective memory. Echoes of Jay’s arguments related to homogeny can be heard in this paper. Madison foresaw better roads in American’s future, but did he also foresee the...


Mr. Cary Goes to Washington - TPF 0D

In this episode Cary discusses his recent trip to Washington D.C. and his thoughts in light of the current project.


Federalist No. 13 - No Well-informed Man - TPF13

Cary and Justin are back, and this time they’ve brought a friend! Matt joins in to discuss Hamilton’s arguments that “no well-informed man” can disagree with. The ever budget conscious Hamilton points out that one strong federal government will be cheaper to manage than any number of small confederacies. The discussion gets briefly side tracked due to the awesome superpowers of the Federal Farmer. When they regroup, the guys wonder if Hamilton was the Nostradamus of his time. Does Hamilton...


Federalist No. 12 - It Makes the World Go Round - TPF 12

Cary and Justin continue their new found cooperative tone. Cary discusses how America is standing at a crossroads. On one side is the traditional notion of gold and silver as the sources of money and wealth. On the other is the newly developing idea of wealth produced through economic trade. Hamilton argues the benefits of America working as a trading block. He makes the argument that the Atlantic Ocean provides a great barrier from European nations. But is Europe really as far away as...


Federalist No. 11 - Non sibi sed patriae - TPF 11

Cary and Justin are back after surviving their heated debate. This time they actually agree with each other. In this episode, Cary is quick to point out Hamilton’s cockeyed optimism regarding the collective bargaining strength a newly formed United States would have under the Constitution. Is Cary secretly anti-union? Hamilton argues that if the nation can’t assert itself on a global scale, then America will be relegated to passive commerce. Cary points out America’s woes after having had...


Federalist No. 10: Enter Mr. Madison - TPF 10

Cary and Justin return with a heated debate. In doing so, they cleverly divide themselves into factions when discussing Federalist No. 10 in which Madison discusses the impact of factions on the government. The guys agree that factions are inevitable, but how do we handle them? Madison was clear that a large democratic republic is necessary to protect the liberty of the individual or minority group from the tyranny of the majority. Was Madison prophetic, or horribly misguided? The guys...


For the Fans - TPF 0C

In this episode Cary and Justin answer listener questions. Justin discusses what happened to Jay between Federalist No. 5 and No. 64. Cary informs us all about what he was eating while recording an earlier episode. The guys will return next time with their analysis of Federalist No. 10.


Federalist No. 9: America: We Love Our Cake! - TPF 09

Don’t forget everyone; Hamilton knows about Greece and Rome. Hamilton begins his arguments in Federalist Paper No. 9 with another reference to Greek and Roman democracies to establish his historical “street-cred”. He then points to how the science of politics has evolved, and how the Anti-Federalists have mischaracterized the arguments of Montesquieu. The guys discuss Montesquieu, and how his ideas provided a foundation for the Constitution. Justin points out Hamilton seems to suggest that...