Commentary

[in chronological order]

As Far as Republican Principles Will Admit: Essays by Martin Diamond

- Diamond, Martin. As Far as Republican Principles Will Admit: Essays by Martin Diamond, ed. William Schambra. Washington, DC: AEI Press, 1992.
Essays by one of the preeminent theorists of the American Founding. Of particular interest to students of the Federalist are essays entitled, “Ethics and Politics: the American Way,” “Democracy and the Federalist: A Reconsideration of the… More

James Madison and the Spirit of Republican Self-Government

- Sheehan, Colleen A. James Madison and the Spirit of Republican Self-Government. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
In the first study that combines an in-depth examination of Madison’s National Gazette essays of 1791-92 with a study of The Federalist, Colleen Sheehan traces the evolution of Madison’s conception of the politics of communication and public… More

The Federalist Papers: A Commentary: “the Baton Rouge Lectures”

- Allen, W. B., and Kevin A. Cloonan. The Federalist Papers: A Commentary: "the Baton Rouge Lectures". New York: P. Lang, 2000.
This book tells the story of The Federalist Papers as an accessible approach to the principles of the United States government. When looking at The Federalist Papers or the documents of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, one realizes that the writers of… More

Major Works

The Federalist Papers

- Hamilton, Alexander, James Madison, and John Jay. The Federalist Papers. Edited by Clinton Rossiter and Charles R. Kesler. New York: Signet, 2003.
Excerpt from Hamilton’s general introduction in Federalist 1: “AFTER an unequivocal experience of the inefficiency of the subsisting federal government, you are called upon to deliberate on a new Constitution for the United States of America. The… More

Multimedia

James Ceaser on the Constitution and “political” Constitutionalism

- James Ceaser, Conversations with Bill Kristol, March 2, 2015.
In this episode of Conversations with Bill Kristol, James W. Ceaser, a professor of politics at the University of Virginia, discusses the Federalist’s case for “rational reverence” for the Constitution. He also explains why the authors of… More

Harvey Mansfield on the Federalist

- Harvey Mansfield, Conversations with Bill Kristol, September 2, 2014.
In this segment from Conversations with Bill Kristol, Harvard professor Harvey Mansfield explains the key features of the political science of Federalist.

The Founders’ Key

- A lecture delivered by Dr. Larry P. Arnn at The Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship of Hillsdale College.  This lecture took place on December 2, 2011 at The Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center in Washington D.C.

Role of Government

- Role of Government Panel Discussion hosted by the New Criterion Magazine, Princeton Club, New York City, November 9, 2010. Panelists were Harvey C. Mansfield, WIlliam Kristol and Amity Shlaes, Discussion of the Federalist, Progressive era, and other constitutional issues.

Thomas L. Pangle on The Federalist Papers

- Thomas L. Pangle, Joe R. Long Chair in Democratic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, discusses the Federalist Papers with the George Mason University Law & Economics Center.