Federalist No. 15 – Alexander Hamilton
- The Confederation didn’t preserve peace and happiness.
- And will probably lead to anarchy, riots, large debts, territories near foreign powers, no military, no money, no commerce, no foreign respect and falling prospects.
- The Confederation needed a stronger central government but couldn’t do so without taking away from the states.
- One problem with that is there are multiple sovereigns and federal laws aren’t supreme and easily overridden and undone by the states.
- State agreements are mostly harmless but mostly ineffective.
- Laws are meant to be upheld, not ignored by the people and court. Articles have no way of ensuring this.
- Government is a safety net against the passions of men when they start being unreasonable.
- The meetings of many sovereigns lead to less compromise than the meetings of state agents under one sovereign where national interests are supreme.