I created a new lesson to help teach both Federalist #10 and techniques used by interest groups. Feedback welcome!
"The smaller the society, the fewer probably will be the distinct parties and interests composing it; the fewer the distinct parties and interests, the more frequently will a majority be found of the same party; and the smaller the number of individuals composing a majority, and the smaller the compass within which they are placed, the more easily will they concert and execute their plans of oppression. Extend the sphere, and you take in a greater variety of parties and interests; you make it less probable that a majority of the whole will have a common motive to invade the rights of other citizens; or if such a common motive exists, it will be more difficult for all who feel it to discover their own strength, and to act in unison with each other.... The influence of factious leaders may kindle a flame within their particular States, but will be unable to spread a general conflagration through the other States. A religious sect may degenerate into a political faction in a part of the Confederacy; but the variety of sects dispersed over the entire face of it must secure the national councils against any danger from that source."
- James Madison on the benefits of pluralism in Federalist 10
- To analyze whether there is a pluralism of factions in a policy area of your choice.
- In class, we looked at the the following sources about the NRA and the Brady Campaign. Then we made a list of techniques used by each interest group. Lastly, we analyzed whether there is a pluralism of interest groups on the policy area of gun control. Do interest groups check each other, or does one have too much influence? In other words, what would Madison think?
- National Rifle Association
- Brady Campaign
- For homework, write three paragraphs about a different policy area...
- 1st Paragraph: Identify and explain three techniques used by an interest group.
- 2nd Paragraph: Identify and explain three techniques used by another interest group
- 3rd Paragraph: Evaluate whether a pluralism exists in your policy area. Do interest groups check each other, or does one have too much influence? Would Madison be happy?
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