In this episode of Constitutionally Speaking, Jay and Luke discuss Alexander Hamilton’s theory of the executive branch. Hamilton was unique among the Founders for his brilliant insights into how a vigorous executive was essential to republican government. He believed that the executive branch should promote national economic development and diversification, helping to harmonize the various interests among society and ultimately protect it from foreign threats. The modern presidency of today is, in large part, a creation of Hamilton’s genius.

Recommended Readings:

  • Alexander Hamilton, Federalist 11, 12, and 70.

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There are 2 comments.

  1. Member

    I’m truly loving this podcast series, and thanks for doing it. However, I have an issue and it’s one of those little things that drives me batty. It’s popped up a lot lately with some highly intelligent folks picking up some terrible speaking habits, and it’s the habit of ending sentences with “right?”. As in – “The founding fathers were some of the best minds ever gathered, right? And they worked hard, right?” It’s a minor thing, but I would hope the hosts would try to break the habit, it will only help them as they continue their careers and hopefully do more podcasts down the road.

    Thanks again for a wonderful podcast series!

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    • January 23, 2018 at 9:07 am
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  2. Coolidge

    You spoke of the framers’ concern for members of the legislatures also having executive branch positions, and this harms separation of the branches of government.

    This is still an issue. A new member of the Virginia House of Delegates (which is a part-time job) has a full time job in the executive branch.

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    • January 24, 2018 at 5:54 am
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