Federalist 76: “Less Liable to be Misled by the Sentiments of Friendship and of Affection” | Hamilton on the Appointment of Power

January 11, 2024   Joseph Kochanek

  • Rights and Liberties
  • Podcast

We typically organize these podcasts around three big ideas from the essay we review – here are three big ideas concerning federalist 76. 

Big idea one: in Federalist 76, Hamilton explained the benefits of having one person – the president – nominate those to be appointed to significant offices in the U.S. Government. 

Big idea two – In Federalist 76 Hamilton explained the benefits of having a group of people – the Senate – approve persons nominated by the President for offices in the U.S. Government. 

Big idea three – Part of the justification for big ideas one and two can be thought of as psychological – at the end of Federalist 76 Hamilton offered observations on human nature and public service.