antifederalist love


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An opponent of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of anti-federalist.


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  • [The members of the anti-New Deal "old right"] were in some ways a new antifederalist movement, as are modern libertarians.

    The Triumph of Libertarianism: Brian Doherty's Radicals for Capitalism, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Monroe was an antifederalist and then a states rights Republican, only to become the first president to embrace the broad view of the spending power question.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan

  • Whether in a newspaper essay or the mouth of Betsy King, “antifederalist” was a term of opprobrium.


  • Local writers who defended the Constitution were pretty much the only ones who used the term “antifederalist” for those who criticized it, and nobody was organizing a movement under that banner.


  • The opprobrium Federalists associated with the term “antifederalist” itself signaled that the day of a loyal opposition and so of modern party conflict, in which each side accepts the legitimacy of the other, had not yet arrived.


  • Watlington, Partisan Spirit, 150, suggests that the opponents of the Constitution, who were members of a “court party” in Kentucky politics, “abandoned the idea of instructions once a majority of antifederalist delegates was elected” in the district.


  • Her “warmth was natural” and her “words emphatical”: “‘Are you an antifederalist she began’—I laughed—‘yes you are’—and she reasoned against me most beautifully—it was fun indeed.”


  • In No. 14, Madison writes in direct response to the antifederalist objection that the new constitutional order lacked any real antecedents.

    The Enlarged Republic—Then and Now

  • These points raised serious doubts about the antifederalist enthusiasm for civic virtue and small republics, but they supplied no positive solution to the problem.

    The Enlarged Republic—Then and Now

  • The antifederalist who signed himself "Brutus" (probably Robert Yates, a New York judge) much admired Montesquieu, and he was explicit on the importance of homogeneity:

    The Enlarged Republic—Then and Now


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