Federalist #1 – be courageous, seek substance

From the Federalist #1, published on October 27, 1787:

So numerous indeed and so powerful are the causes which serve to give a false bias to the judgment, that we, upon many occasions, see wise and good men on the wrong as well as on the right side of questions of the first magnitude to society. This circumstance, if duly attended to, would furnish a lesson of moderation to those who are ever so much persuaded of their being in the right in any controversy.

Perhaps not a call for seeking moderation as end itself, but rather a call for more careful study of “questions of the first magnitude”.

To judge from the conduct of the opposite parties, we shall be led to conclude that they will mutually hope to evince the justness of their opinions, and to increase the number of their converts by the loudness of their declamations and the bitterness of their invectives.

Perhaps not an argument against parties, but instead a plea for substance.

a dangerous ambition more often lurks behind the specious mask of zeal for the rights of the people than under the forbidden appearance of zeal for the firmness and efficiency of government. History will teach us that the former has been found a much more certain road to the introduction of despotism than the latter

Study history.  Understand the minds of past despots, learn how they deceived with words to manipulate and promote selfish motives.

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