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Two major documents describe factions and their consequences These two documents are Washingtons Farewell Address and Federalist Paper Number 10 Both describe factions while Washingtons Farewell Address concentrates on a specific one political parties Washington and Madison have strong views on factions Both of them feel factions are bad but Madison believes that in a republic factions are necessary He said As long as the reason of man continues fallible and he is at liberty to exercise it different opinions will be formed Also in Federalist Paper Number 10 Madison tries to give ways of getting rid of factions while Washington only state why they are bad In Washingtons Farewell Address he refers to political parties and alliances with other countries He thinks that political parties are not good and should be disheartened They lead to many problems Washington said It political parties serves to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration Also a political party kindles the animosity of one part against another stated Washington This means that political parties help classify people into more groups and promote more hatred by giving people more reason to dispute each others opinion Washington believes factions specifically political parties impede the purpose of government In Federalist Paper Number 10 Madison also discouraged factions He wanted to inform the people on the mischievous was of factions but to also tell them that factions would not have a great affect on our society He felt that factions are necessary in a republic and that there were only two ways to get rid of them One method would be removing its causes The other way would be by controlling its effects To removes its causes you would either have to destroy liberty or give everyone the same opinion Neither of those is practical in a republic Madison said A republic by which I mean a government in which the scheme of representation takes place opens a different
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