If you’re a federalist and want to write something about the federalist movement, you might want to look elsewhere.
According to a recent survey of over 500 anti-federalists, only 1 percent said they were willing to write about it.
“It is a bit of a mystery to us what is going on,” said the survey’s author, Michael Stelter.
Stelters study, published in the journal Federalist, found that the number of anti-Federalist papers on the site jumped from 2.7 percent of all articles on the website in the first quarter of this year to 4.5 percent in March.
(The number of federalist articles published last year rose from 1.8 percent to 2.6 percent.)
The rise in the number suggests the movement is attracting people who don’t have an interest in federalism, Stelts research showed.
“We don’t know why people are interested in this, but it seems to be growing,” he told The Verge.
Stedels research suggests that federalists are interested more in making sure the US government isn’t too big than they are in making it less powerful.
But that could also be a problem for the movement’s cause.
In the end, there’s only so much federalism you can offer, says Stelting.
“The people who are interested are the people who want to be part of it.”
This article was updated on February 18 at 3:08 pm to reflect that the study’s author Michael Stelsters has published a paper about the growth in anti- federalist literature on Hacker the following day.
The story has been updated to include additional comments from the survey.
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