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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.






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.

Duration: 00:25:46

Federatist 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...

Duration: 00:31:56

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...

Duration: 00:34:34

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...

Duration: 00:27:06

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

Cary and Justin return with a heated debate. In doing so, they cleaverly 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...

Duration: 00:50:46

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.

Duration: 00:29:39

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...

Duration: 00:37:42

Federalist No. 8: WAR! - TPF 08

In this episode Cary and Justin address Hamilton’s concerns that if the States fail to unite, they will devolve into a state of perpetual militarization and war between themselves. Cary discusses why large states like New York need to be concern with the smaller states. Hamilton warns of the dangers of over militarization, and how this can lead to the suppression of liberty and personal freedoms. Justin discusses how Hamilton’s themes resonate today with the case of Rumsfeld vs. Padilla,...

Duration: 00:42:41

Federalist No. 7: iPads, Pizza, and “Rhode Island Bucks” - TPF 07

Can you hear us now Mr. Hamilton? The guys are back after having recovered from Hamilton’s mental melee in Federalist No. 6. In this episode, Justin and Cary discuss how the states at the time are like modern day children fighting over an iPad. Hamilton references the Pennamite-Yankee Wars between the citizens of Pennsylvania and Connecticut as an example of why a stronger federal government is needed. Justin questions if doing so was a blunder, or a bold strategic move. Cary delves into...

Duration: 00:37:48

Federalist No. 6: Hamilton Tries to Make Our Heads Explode!

Justin and Cary welcome Hamilton back to the debate. Hamilton returns with a litany of historical references, and at times seems annoyed with having to spell things out for the Anti-Federalists. The guys break through the references to Hamilton’s basic arguments that individuals can cause nation states to have conflict with each other, and that the Anti-federalists are wrong to assume commercial republics are immune from war. But has history proven the Anti-Federalists right? Or at least...

Duration: 00:32:40

Federalist No. 5: Populism, Time Travel, and The Bad-Man

In this episode, John Jay walks right into the Anti-Federalists’ critique after once again overselling a historical reference. This time it’s the Scottish union to England. The Anti-Federalists respond on behalf of the proverbial “common man”. Can Jay handle their populist arguments? Jay warns of America’s decent into another version of Europe, and argues how the powers of Europe at the time would have preferred a fractured America. He believes the Articles of Confederation sets America up...

Duration: 00:24:00

Federalist No. 4: A Zero-Sum Game - TPF 04

Contrary to modern economic theory, in Jay’s mind, international markets are a zero-sum game. There are winners, and there are losers. Although Jay attempts to focus on economic concerns in No. 4, he just can’t help but return to his foreign policy arguments. He pays the price as Cary calls him out for rehashing his earlier points. Cary dives into Jay’s reference to “just causes of war” by explaining Thomas Aquinas’ three factor test. The focus shifts to foreign trade, debt, and the...

Duration: 00:27:05

Federalist No. 3: Jonh Jay Vindicated! … Sort of - TPF 03

In this episode, the doctors of NYC flee, shots are fired, and severe head trauma ensues (in 1788 no less)! All of this before we find out how the Sultanate of Morocco ties into Federalist No. 3. The guys continue their critique of Jay, allowing for only a modicum of relief due to his injuries, before attacking Jay’s hypothesis that our new country will be led by philosopher kings and warrior poets. The Anti-Federalists are heard to cry foul at Jay’s straw man argument. And in the end, Jay...

Duration: 00:57:09

Federalist No. 2: John Jay Under Fire! - TPF - 02

After Justin launches an assault on John Jay’s depiction of American life in October 1787, Cary has to come to Jay’s aide. While the guys agree with Jay’s assertion that the thirteen states had rivers and traded goods, debate remains as to Jay’s intent in his depiction of a homogonous citizenry. Was John Jay a “man of his time” trying to appeal to commonality, or a purveyor of “alternate facts” who argues for a government based upon a homogeneous people? “Farwell [Mr. Jay]!, A long farwell...

Duration: 00:47:44

Federalist No. 1: An Outline, a Campaign, an Empire - TPF-01

Justin and Cary discuss Hamilton’s dramatic outline for the Federalist Papers, and read between the lines of Hamilton’s Anti-Federalist spin as he lets you know the Anti-Federalists hate America.

Duration: 00:47:38

Intro - The Federalist Papers: Overview and Historical Context - TPF-0B

Justin and Cary discuss the context of the Federalist Papers by highlighting events leading up to their publication. They also compare the Constitution advocated by the Papers to America’s original governing document, The Articles of Confederation.

Duration: 01:09:23