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William Hung Political Science 1 March 5 2001 The Founding Fathers An Age of Realism In the work of The Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes he illustrated that any government must be accepted in order to avert the anarchy and terror of a state of nature After the Declaration of Independence and the failure of the Articles of the Confederation the Founding Fathers needed a government to control the people but not just any government The Fathers wanted a government capable of protecting both liberty and order Also according to Hofstadter the purpose of the Constitution was to simply stabilize the Hobbesian War and make it less murderous 21 The Fathers could not possibly eliminate mens self-interest Since any other form of government other than republicanism would lead to a continual unrest in the future Hofstaders opinion is valid with the exception of the unregulated monopolies in the nineteenth century Hofstader is most likely to agree with the philosophy of Thomas Hobbes although he explicitly stated it requires more than just any form of government It was essential to create a balanced government instead of an extreme concentration of power Hofstader demonstrated the need for constitutional devices to force various interests to check and control one another 12 There were three ways to accomplish this goal of the Founding Fathers First of all the federal Constitution was capable of maintaining order against popular uprisings or majority rule Hofstader explains one method of prevention when he writes In a single state a faction might arise and take complete control by force but if the states were bound in a federation the central government could step in and prevent it 12 In addition as Madison argued in the Federalist number 10 a majority would be the most dangerous factions that might arise for the majority would be the
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