Thursday, August 25, 2016 - Hamilton WIP
"Hamilton's program as Secretary of the Treasury was animated by his practical interest in laying the foundations of American security and prosperity, not by any progressive concern..."
However, I see this as support for my assertion that Hamilton saw the State, or Hobbes' Soveraigne as the source of America's security and prosperity and not the American people.
"Moreover, Hamilton shared the Founders' rather conservative view of the limits of human nature and the dangers of concentrated power and accordingly defended institutions like Federalism that modern progressives are quick to criticize."
No, Hamilton was defending a stronger central government from those who proposed the states have more power. It just so happened that government was called Federal as there seems to be a sweet spot as to how strong the central government has to be before it can be considered Federal and the previous government wasn't strong enough.
Furthermore, the Founders didn't share a view of the limits of human nature. There was Jefferson on one side, Benjamin Franklin holding a different view seemingly more about the competence of the American people and Hamilton with the philosophy of Thomas Hobbes who thought people wicked.
"...a government that can raise a large amount of money in a short amount of time will be in a better position to wage war successfully..."
... without the support of the people and even upon said people. Either way, it does not speak well of Alexander Hamilton's having a belief that the American people could acquire money better than the government.

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