I read entirely too many blogs, several of which exist somewhere in that happy intersection of law, economics, and libertarianism.

Libertarian law bloggers are often originalists, and The Federalist Papers are a wonderful resource for people interested in the original meaning of the Constitution. So, just as you might expect, such bloggers are prone to quoting chunks from them. (For example, here's a case of Randy Barnett quoting from № 78 over at The Volokh Conspiracy. Readers of Professor Barnett's post can't click through to the specific part of Federalist 78 he quotes, and so are deprived of easily learning the wider context of the quote.)

Of course, there are various webbed versions of the Federalist Papers on the Internet already. Professor Barnett could have linked into one of them. Unfortunately, I haven't been able find one that was simultaneously nice-looking and useful (useful insofar as pinpoint linkability is concerned, at least). There are some that provide fine-grained linking, but frankly they look like Fisher-Price My First Website.

So I went ahead and made federali.st, an online edition of the Federalist Papers which is pleasant to look at and provides paragraph-level permalinking.

Web geeks might be amused to know that each paper is marked up in the hAtom microformat with an elastic layout, so (among other things) you should be able to increase or decrease your browser's font size and things will still look good.


  1. Jack Okie
    What a great idea! Thank you!

    Jack Okie, 15 June 2006

  2. rob M


    I hope you don't mind that I use the site for my high school Advance Placement Government class. Great job.

    rob M, 15 June 2006

  3. Jack: Thanks!

    Rob: That would be awesome!

    hober, 15 June 2006

  4. Mike

    Nice! Very nice.

    And not to diminish your accomplishment, but it would be nice to have the Anti-Federalist Papers given similar treatment.

    Mike, 15 June 2006

  5. Mike: Thanks. Yeah, at some point I'll get around to doing anti.federali.st.

    hober, 15 June 2006

  6. Thanks. These are the best formatted ones I've seen.

    I'm looking forward the the anti-federalist papers, as well. Unfortunately, some of the things the anti-federalists feared are now happening, especially, those in #78-79, The Power of the Judiciary.

    Elizabeth B, 15 June 2006

  7. I second Elizabeth B's gratitude and agree with her statement about some of the things; however it is much worse than just a few, so i hope it would be ok with you to link to your federali.st on various YouTube channels? example www.youtube.com/eligarf

    eLi gARF, pianist, 20 January 2007

  8. Tom Pope

    This is invaluable. Thank you so much.

    Tom Pope, 28 August 2008