Excerpt from The New Monthly Magazine, 1861, Vol. 123
But every Federal system contains defects which home the efforts of the legislator. De Tocqueville, in his well-known work on Democracy in America, long ago pointed out the relative weakness of the govern ment of the Union as a defect inherent in the Federal system, that the sovereignty of the separate States was apparently weaker, but in reality stronger, than that of the Union, and that, above all, war was the main peril of confederations.
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