Political Trust & Distrust 17


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We tend to trust those who closest to us more than those who are distant. This is both literally and metaphorically true. Some of the framers were worried that a new national government would be too far away from the people to know their interests and represent them well. As the new states (former colonies) already had their own governments, it seemed natural to create a federal system in which state citizens would continue to elect their own legislators. Thus, the framers set up a federal system that required each state to have a republican form of government, per Article 4, Section 4.

Excepted from Political Trust & Distrust, Part 1 of 2.

Tomorrow we will consider how trust is affected by government responsiveness to our needs.

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