Federalist No. 8 – Alexander Hamilton
- The problem with in-fighting is bigger than foreign attack
- The US has no civil defense set up – no castles, no city walls, no militia, etc.
- Large states could overrun their smaller neighbors
- If disunited, standing armies would be necessary and they are costly and have many other problems àdestroy civil and political rights
- Governments would lead to monarchy because of the need for a strong executive
- Countries unlikely to be invaded don’t need standing armies and those likely to be invaded do need them.
- Those with standing armies usually have their rights destroyed
- The British have been protected by the seas and don’t need them.
- If we can emulate this situation, we can prosper with our rights intact.