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1. If James Madison were alive today, what, if any, criticisms do you think he would have with a particular issue (that you've selected) in the American Political System today?
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2. Drawing on examples and theories from the readings, describe different power struggles that occur within various sectors of government. How do these struggles correlate with events, policy areas and/or other power struggles that are occurring within the American Political System today?

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1. So first you have to select an issue in the American political system today. Lets go with an easy one that we know James Madison would have a field day with: factions (political action committees or special interest groups)
A. James Madison knew that factions were inevitable but also believed they could possibly lead to the demise of a democratically run governmental system. Madison described factions as "groups of citizens, with interests contrary to the rights of others or the interests of the whole" (federalist paper #10). These clearly exist today, and definitely threaten or try to threaten our governmental process. It's been so ...

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