Federalist 46 – Madison

James Madison continues his discussion of the balance of power between the state and federal governments in Federalist 46.  This is perhaps the most “populist” paper in the entire series as Madison implies that the citizens ultimately will decide where the balance of power will reside.   Right off the bat, Madison says, “Notwithstanding the different modes in which they are appointed, we must consider both of them as substantially dependent on the great body of the citizens of the United States.”  He continues: (more…)

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Published in: on May 6, 2011 at 2:16 pm  Comments Off on Federalist 46 – Madison  

The ‘Eathen

The fourth in my ongoing examinations of the poetry of Rudyard Kipling.  The other posts in the series may be read here, here and here.  Kipling was a passionate man in his likes and dislikes, and always wore his heart firmly attached to his sleeve.  Throughout his career he championed the rankers and non-commissioned officers in the British Army.  He rightly thought that the men who were at the sharp end of the stick in battle often got the short end of the stick outside of battle.  Kipling never forgot about them, and he made certain his readers never forgot about them, making them the subject of many of his poems, books and short stories, and constantly reminding the British that their nation and empire relied upon the raw courage of men too often regarded as scum by civilians.  Kipling didn’t romanticize them, he knew them too well for that, but he did recognize their virtues as well as their vices, and honored them for the courage and good humor with which most of them went about their dangerous tasks.  One of my favorite poems of Kipling is The ‘Eathen, written by Kipling in 1895, which is Kipling’s salute to the British non-com, and a searching look at how a slum recruit becomes a good one. (more…)

Published in: on May 6, 2011 at 5:30 am  Comments Off on The ‘Eathen  
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