Colton, Sarah, Jeanneth, & Richard
Group Analytical paper 1
In James Madison?s Federalist Article No.10 The Size and Variety of the Union as a Check on Faction he discusses the affects of faction, and how unstable and unreliable it makes our government. As well as the differences it can cause between the two major parties in America. He states that our government either needs to remove the causes of faction, or control its effects. One of the effects of faction is the separation of majority/ minority groups within one another. The effects of faction allow the group with the power to be able to get their way.
In order for our country to gain control of the causes of faction, we must ?destroy the liberty to which is essential to its existence?. In other words the majority groups that tend to hold the power and authority are going to continue to rule in ways that favor their views and opinions. Leaving the minority groups to continue to go along and merely exist. Faction under the majority rule is not an easy aspect to destroy considering that the majority has the power and authority. ?The Inference to which we are brought is that the causes of faction cannot be removed, and that relief is only to be sought in the means of controlling its effects?. Controlling the effects of faction sounds easier said than done. Controlling its effects is in the interest of the rights of citizens and communities. In order to control it everyone would have to be given the ?same opinions, the same passions, and the same interests?. Yet we know that controlling the effects of faction will take a lot more work than just saying everyone deserves equality. In order to control the disease you have to go to the source. By breaking down the majority or minority rule of faction it can give citizens and communities ?the same opinions, the same passions, and the same interests?. Madison directs his argument towards America being more of a republic. ?A government, in which the scheme of representation takes place, opens a different prospect and a promise the cure for which we are seeking?. Even though our country may not run off a pure democracy, it has clear signs of democracy in it and socialism weaved into the operations of our government.
Faction however is still part of our government in today?s society. Faction will still have its harmful effects on our nation?s people whether it is destroyed or continued to try to be controlled. Even with the solutions Madison presents would help create a more stable nationalized government, faction will still continue to be a disease to this country. If faction can ever be controlled or destroyed it may help to bring an equal lifestyle, on which the basis of our country?s government was originally created, for its people. Madison?s created a very well structured way to dig into the minds of the people of New York, in order for them to peer into his thoughts, opinions, and facts.