National Security

  1. Compare and contrast the      priorities of the Federalists and Antifederalists for the design of the      new Constitution. Although the Federalists argued for a stronger central      government (and in many ways, they got one), the Antifederalists won      important battles, such as the adoption of the Bill of Rights and the      retention of power in the states. What does the debate between Federalists      and Antifederalists tell us about American politics in the late eighteenth      century? In what ways are the values and concerns of these two groups      similar to or different from today’s political debates?

2. Combating terrorism has      entailed restrictions on civil liberties. How can we reconcile civil      liberty and national security? Are we better off opting for more liberty      or more security? Are the two goals mutually exclusive? Have Americans      become less supportive of the limitations on liberty put into place after      the terror attacks in 2001, or do they still perceive that it makes sense      to give up some liberties in order to feel more secure?

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