Guarding Against Tyranny For Dummys

4 Easy steps to stopping tyranny

Step 1: Federalism

The first step to preventing tyranny is Federalism! Federalism, or compound government is where state and the national government share the powers and have some powers that only one of them can enforce, and some that they both can enforce.


This helps guard against tyranny by preventing the state and national governments get all the power by separating them and not giving either too many powers.

Step 2: Separation of powers

The second step to guarding against tyranny is separation of powers. Separation of powers is like federalism but instead of separating the powers of the states and the national government, they are separating the powers of the national government into the executive branch, the legislative branch and the judicial branch.


This protects against tyranny by making sure that either the president, Congress or the Supreme Court will not get all of the power because if they do then they could make all the laws without any objections, which leads into the next step.

The different branches of our national government

Step 3: Checks and balances.

The next step is to stopping tyranny in its tracks is Checks and balances. Checks and balances is the way of each branch of government to limit each other's powers and keep the other branches in check, for example the executive branch checks the power of the judicial branch by appointing the justices on the Supreme Court.


This step guards against tyranny by granting the branches the power to limit the other branches power, if they didn't have this power than the other branches would be able to do what they want and enforce, make and interpret any law they want.

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Step 4: big states vs. small states

The 4th and final step to preventing tyranny in your country is big states vs small states. This means that for the House of Representatives, the amount of representatives is based on population, and for the senate the amount of representatives is equal for each state.


This protects the country from tyranny by giving the big states what they want in the House of Representatives and what the small states want with the senate, this also makes the legislative branch a bit more equal in representation.

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