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Page 5 can founding, while Locke was the proximate source. As the historian Bernard Bailyn put it, Referred to on all sides, by writers of all political viewpoints in the colonies, the major figures of the European Enlightenment and many of the lesser, contributed substantially to the thought of the Americans; but except for Locke's, their influence . . 4 Real interests were at stake in the founding. But contract theory was not merely a cover for them, because opposing interestsfor example, commercial versus plantationas well as opposing principlesanti-Federalists versus Federalistswould not have been able to sustain such a conspiracy.
This gap between Faction #1 and the two conservative Factions is deep and well articulated by philosophy and history. It cannot be glossed over at the convenience of the coalition builders. Faction #3, Populist Conservatives, are the driving force in the Republican coalition today and are also the most frustrated of the three Factions. Although their values, in the broadest sense, are shared with Faction #2, the differences between the two Factions are enough to be indicated by a fault line as broad and as deep as the one between Faction #1 and the other two.
Patronage is not jobs the victorious party hands off to the loyal workers. The patronage that governing coalitions are built on is the patronage of sought-after public policies and sought-after decisions of state. This, if anything, was the secret of the longevity of the New Deal coalition. The growth of government in the forty-year Democratic hegemony was almost a by-product of the need to hold its contradictory factions together. The Republican party today is, on principle, against government growth and there- Page xxiv fore has no prospect of a government growth on which members of factions can base their hopes.