Martin Diamond’s View of The Federalist

Patrick Riley. "Martin Diamond's View of The Federalist." Publius 8.3 (Summer 1978): 71-101.

Author’s Introduction:

The only consolation for the early loss of Martin Diamond is the memory of his brilliant teaching and the permanent value of his published writings. One of the finest of these writings, “The Federalist‘s View of Federalism,” is also a splendid memento of that teaching—memorable as such by students who were fortunate enough to hear the lectures (c. 1960) which Diamond derived from this essay before publishing it, and recognizable as such even by those who were not Diamond’s students through internal stylistic evidence (“let me indicate now,” “notice the implication,” and other devices of the lecture-platform). “The Federalist‘s View of Federalism,” then, has two great merits: it preserves in its style Diamond’s remarkable ability to carry students with him through a complicated argument, and it offers in its substance the most careful, subtle and (often) witty treatment of The Federalist‘s federal theory that one can imagine.