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What Parts Of Both Anti-federalists And Federalists Are Still Very Much A Part Of Our Society Today

What modern American political party would the Federalists of the 18th and early 19th century align with today? What party would the Democratic-Republicans align with?

Many members of both parties would be at a complete loss.These are generalizations; there would have been plenty of individual variation in everything I'm about to describe.It should also be noted that issues like slavery and women's suffrage (to the extent that it was an issue at all) cut across party lines--party was at first not a reliable predictor. The strongest Federalist states at first were Massachussetts, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. The Democratic-Republican political axis was Virginia-New York.Federalists supported a strong Federal government and would have supported strong Federal presence in infrastructure projects, and higher taxes, like today's Democrats.Federalists were in general the party of business interests, like the Republicans today. (Except for large agricultural interests, for which see below)Democratic-Republicans strongly supported most government activity taking place at the state level, like Republicans today.Democratic-Republicans in general tended to be more attentive to individual civil liberties, and supported extending the vote to more people, like Democrats today.Democratic-Republicans tended to be the party of agricultural interests, both large and small. Jefferson believed that the future of the United States was as a nation of small farmers--he hated cities and was suspicious of the "mechanic" class. This is more like today's Republicans in image but not really in fact. Both parties today support agribusiness and say much but do relatively little to support family farmers.Pretty clearly, there's no good correspondence between either of today's parties and either of those of the early republic. What we see as logical blocs of issues and interests were split up differently for people 200-225 years ago.

What party would the federalist and anti-federalists be today?

I was always under the impression that Republicans ideals were rooted in the Federalist beliefs (hence why they reference the Federalist papers) and the Anti-Federalists would be known as the Democratic party (but at that point, were referred to as the Democratic-Republican party).

So is it right to assume that Federalist= Republican and Anti-Federalist=Democrat?

Thank you!

Which political party today is equivalent to the Federalist Party?

I’d hesitate to say there is a modern-day Federalist Party. Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans fit the Federalist slot, and I’d be hard-pressed to say there is a third party of close resemblance. Federalists advocated a strong central (i.e., federal or national) government; Democratic-Republicans (or Jeffersonians to avoid confusion) believed in greater power for and deference to the states. Setting aside the overbreadth of this characterization, today’s Democrats have more common ground with Federalists, believing that the national government ought to have greater responsibility for many policies, especially economic issues; Republicans stand more in line with Jeffersonians here, believing in less federal regulation of the economy.When it comes to social policy, however, things get much murkier. Today’s Republicans advocate more invasive social polices (e.g. contraception regulation and marriage definition) while Democrats have a more hands-off approach (e.g., abortion rights and marital liberty). But, again, that’s a rough characterization. There are exceptions.Federalists tended to be skeptical of populism, lacking trust in the will of the common man; Jeffersonians advocated individual liberty and investing in people more political power. In these terms, today’s Democrats reflect Jeffersonian principles; today’s Republicans…well, it’s harder to say. They tend to play a bait-and-switch with voters, playing populist cards but then turning to donors and special interest groups after getting (re-) elected (Exhibit A: Election 2016). To the extent that they engage more with special interest groups, they are more Federalist; it’s not a great analogy: Federalists did engage less with common folk and more with aristocrats, but aristocrats and special interest groups don’t provide for good comparison (though there is overlap).Again, this is a rough comparison at best. The agenda of today and the agenda of the late eighteenth century were very different; since parties are defined in part by their agendas, it’s difficult to make a very accurate comparison.

Was Aaron Burr a federalist or anti-federalist?

Something strange about both Aaron Burr & Benedict Arnold. They both were major Revolutionary War heroes, more so than Washington, as Washington ignored them both. Arnold proved himself in the Battle of Saratoga, both in personal bravery & winning a battle against all odds. Washington dumped him. Washington similarly ignored Burr’s heroism. Burr joined Jefferson’s party, the anti-federalist party. Jefferson tried him for treason. Burr was more Democrat Republican than even Jefferson & his support for the French Revolution. Burr was an American, who opposed the tyranny of King George, America’s counterpart George Washington, and the slave owner of all Jefferson. Burr did own slaves, but far fewer than Jefferson, and Burr was vocal about ending slavery, unlike Jefferson. Burr wins the anti-federalist trophy. Burr did kill federalist Hamilton, that should settle it.

Federalists v. Antifederalists?

FEDERALISTS: those who favored a stronger NATIONAL government and supported the proposed U.S. Constitiution; later became the first U.S. political party. ANTIFEDERALISTS: Those who favored a stong STATE governments and a weak nationa government; opposed to the ratification of the U.S. Constitution.

Book: Essentials of American government, Continuity and change.

Why are the opposing views of Federalists and Anti-Federalists still relevant today?

Because Federalists want more power to the central government, like left-wingers. Anti Federalists want more power to the state, like right wingers

How are the federalist and anti federalists debates still relevant today?

Those laws which they were considering happen to be our Constitution and they give us what these Founding Fathers really meant behind those words and how the Constitution should be interpreted for today. Also, how our laws should be written in order to be Constitutional rather than trying to change the Constitution to please law-makers and to meet the needs of today's laws.


Anti federalists or federalists ? which side would you choose?

Federalists. They had Alexander Hamilton on their side. His policies made the US strong and prosperous. Washington and Hamilton were on the same side. Both served in the Revolutionary War, unlike most of the anti-Federalist leaders. During the war, they saw how weak America was; and how close they came to losing the Revolution.

So the Federalists developed plans and policies to build up American Industry and to strengthen the government. They understood that, without these things, the US was doomed. It would be invaded by a strong European power as soon as they had a pause in fighting each other. (Remember, in the 1700s...the US had England to the north, France to the West, and Spain in the South.)

While the anti-Federalists had honest and noble and admirable motivations, the truth is - if the US had followed their policies the US would just be a small cluster of backward farming states on the East Coast.

The US wouldn't extend beyond the Mississippi and Ohio rivers (at best). Canada would extend down to the Rio Grande.

EDIT: Since you're in school still, I'd advise you ignore the answer by The Smartest Guy In The Room. His ridiculous answer proves his screen name's a total misnomer. Just to point out a a few glaring errors:

1) The term "Anti-Federalist" has been around since the 1700s - it's not something your teacher invented to "trick" you. Jeez.

2) Anti-Federalism could NEVER be considered "True Americanism." This statement is truly absurd...because Anti-Federalists DIDN'T even consider themselves Americans. Anti-Federalist philosophy held that a person was a New Yorker, or a Virginian, or a Georgian, etc. and that there was no such thing as an American nationality.

3) Be ware of people on the internet who claim to be "smart." They usually know about 10% of the information on any given topic. Clearly, when someone claims to be "Smartest" they know even less.

Anti-federalists, Federalists, Democrats and Republicans.?

In a way, yes. The early Republicans were Federalists in that they were strict constitutionalists. Of course, the constitution calling for a federal government with fairly strong power, they were federalists. Democrats were anti-federalists in that they wanted state power to be stronger. This would allow the states to decide one of the most important issues to early democrats, slavery. The first republican president, who I really hope you know who that is, used the power of the federal government to wage war on the southern secessionist states and consequently to establish slaves as citizens. The republicans fought hard for civil rights, especially in the south after the war, but lost the favor of African Americans and a lot of the country at the same time the democrats and republicans majorly switched their stances on federalism, The New Deal. Since then, Republicans have been campaigning against big government. Why this change? Because Republicans were never for a large federal government, they were for the limited federal government defined in the constitution. So, if the size of the federal government were again to shrink to, let's say, the size it was in the Articles of Confederation, Republicans would be calling for a bigger government again.

Basically, to call Republicans federalists is not correct, they are constitutionalists. And to call democrats anti-federalists is also wrong, the main reason they were ever anti-federalist was to keep slavery alive in the south. And, after that failed, they sought a large federal government to try and control the people and create a more government-dependent nation by creating a safety net that many found too hard to resist. Unfortunately, in my opinion, that safety net was extremely thin, and it's many downsides are rearing their ugly heads today in the form of failing social security, overspent government, over-regulated business, over-dependence on the government and less freedom for the people.

Does Federalism in US make sense today?

Just need some inspiration for an essay. We're talking about how Federalism is the Central government AND state government. I'm kind of leaning to that we do better when we can make state laws than having both, seeing how they overlap (same sex marriage, for example). Why would Federalism be a good thing to still have as far as having the central government in washington?