Provide a site of politics in which a real transition is occurring from a loose confederation to a more cohesive federation.

Hobbes argues that fear is inherent in politics. The problem and solution which lead to the establishment of politics are both structured by the dynamics of fear. Fear exists between everyone in the state of nature. The establishment of the state redirects that fear towards the sovereign. The Federalist and Anti-Federalist writings provide a site of politics in which a real transition is occurring from a loose confederation to a more cohesive federation. Focusing on a particular argument made in the Federalist and/or Anti-Federalist writings explain how fear is relevant for the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. Between 1,200 and 1,500 words write a well crafted essay providing both evidence for your thesis as well as a substantive counterargument, which you will respond to/reject. Avoid sweeping introductions like “since the beginning of time” or “it is common knowledge than…” Stay on topic. Credit will be awarded for (1) accuracy, (2) insight, (3) concision/written craft, and (4) creativity (in descending order of importance).

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