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The Anti-Federalist Papers is the collective name given to works written by the Founding Fathers who were opposed to or concerned with the merits of the United States Constitution of 1787. 

Starting on 25 September 1787 (8 days after the final draft of the US Constitution) and running through the early 1790s, these anti-Federalists published a series of essays arguing against a stronger and more energetic union as embodied in the new Constitution. Although less influential than their counterparts, The Federalist Papers, these works nonetheless played an important role in shaping the early American political landscape and in the passage of the US Bill of Rights.

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The wrong side won

The Anti-Federalists were against excessive debt, against a permanent Federal army, against wars for non-defensive reasons, and against slavery. They predicted an endless expansion of taxes, regulations and federal power (to the detriment of State power and individual liberty) as well as the establishment of a corrupt political/oligarchical class in a seat of power that would no longer be accountable to the States and the people.

We now have a federal government that has loaded each tax payer with 225k of debt (not including unfunded liabilities), innumerable federal agencies staffed by overpaid bureaucrats who are employed for life and accountable to no one (except maybe their billionaire/corporate overlords), and a permanent multi-trillion dollar military industrial complex that has bases in half the world and engineers one counterproductive foreign regime change after the next. The Federalists assured us none of this would happen. If it weren’t for the Bill of Rights (which the Federalists didn’t think necessary) the American revolution would have been dead on arrival. It is no surprise that today we witness continued efforts by those in DC to undermine these amendments which have always been the bulwark against a return to full despotism. Remember, Liberty has been the exception and Tyranny the rule throughout human history.

Meanwhile Switzerland, which is often mentioned favourably by the Anti-Federalists, has a top federal rate of income tax of 12% and the highest wealth per capita in the world despite being landlocked with almost no natural resources and a challenging geography and climate. It hasn’t fought a single war since America has existed despite being surrounded by neighbors who were more often at war than not during this period.

We need Sons of Liberty 2.0

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Required reading for every American


If I could design a curriculum for anyone who wants to understand the way this country is governed or how it should be governed, I would start with the constitution followed by the anti-federalist and then the federalist. I consider the anti-federalist most important for those who would preserve liberty.

Reading the anti-federalist has made clear The problems we face now have always existed. In spite of fawning history that would have made the founders totally perfect and altruistic, they were real men no different from ourselves. They knew mans ambitions, weaknesses, strengths vices and most of all, the corruptibility of power. To their credit, they sought to thwart that corruptibility

This is an absolute must read for anyone who would understand the dangers this magnificent country faces and what has gone wrong.

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repetitive

overall the book informed the reason we have a federal government, and why states shouldn't govern themselves.. if the states govenors knew how to run a state and whats involved they would be happy its the way it is.. becuase they would be at war with there neighbors all the time and California it self would have internal wars from sandiego to San Francisco over land , water, and general laws that govern the people...

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  • 05-15-21

Terrible narration

The narrator’s voice was so unsuitable I couldn’t finish it. Pity, the arguments are interesting.