Saturday, June 05th, 2010 | Author:

[I]t is a truth confirmed by the unerring experience of ages,
that every man, and every body of men, invested with power,
are ever disposed to increase it,
and to acquire a superiority over everything that stands in their way.

The Anti-Federalist Papers
Antifederalist No. 17

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  1. Rebecca says:

    People do not seem to understand what Federalism is. Federalism is NOT nationalism! Federalism in no way negates the sovereign power of the states outside of (original intent) Constitutional boundaries!

    Federalism and our modern form of shadow-government-oligarchy cannot be compared. People are blaming federalism for our modern problems, and federalism is not to blame. Nationalism is to blame! It’s like blaming true Christianity for being false and deceptive because of power-hungry Catholicism. They are two very different animals.

  2. akagaga says:

    I posted this as a confirmation of the nature of men with power – any men given any power – and another way of stating Lord Acton’s infamous line: “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

    And correct me if I have this wrong, but the Anti-federalist papers (and this one in particular) were objecting to giving new power to a federal government, fearing that it would threaten the sovereignty of individual states. Sounds prophetic to me.