Food for Thought on Tax Day: The Anti-Federalists Anticipated the Leviathan State

As every American schoolchild knows, the newly drafted Constitution was not ratified without an intense political debate between the Federalists (who wanted ratification) and Anti-Federalists (who feared the creation of a stronger central government). Anti-Federalist “Brutus” (believed to be New York judge Robert Yates), argued in 1787 against the newly proposed Congress’ tax power. He …