The Federalist

Despite the authoritative tone I often use, I am no expert on American history. I am not even a particularly well informed dilettante. I’m just someone who's been reading a book and formed a few thoughts about it.

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His brow was of the sort phrenologically associated with more than average intellect; silken jet curls partly clustering over it, making a foil to the pallor below, a pallor tinged with a faint shade of amber akin to the hue of time-tinted marbles of old. This complexion, singularly contrasting with the red or deeply bronzed visages of the sailors, and in part the result of his official seclusion from the sunlight, tho' it was not exactly displeasing, nevertheless seemed to hint of something defective or abnormal in the constitution and blood.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Little to add

Good analysis by Glenn Greenwald of how John Yoo's theory of absolute executive power, now openly embraced by this President in this week's radio address, runs exactly counter to the founding purpose of our government. (Nice template, too.) The only quote from The Federalist I would add to the many excellent ones Greenwald has collected is this, from Federalist 47 (Madison):

The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, selfappointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.


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