The Other Founders: The Legacy of Anti-Federalism

By |2019-02-18T02:24:32-05:00November 1st, 2018|

To a very great extent, it was the Anti-Federalists, through their rhetoric and writings, who kept alive the spirit of localism and salvaged the great ideal of limited government inherited from the Revolution... The Other Founders: Anti-Federalism and the Dissenting Tradition in America, 1788-1828 by Saul Cornell (University of North Carolina Press, 1999) The Anti-Federalists who [...]

The Corruption of Virtue

By |2016-11-26T09:52:04-05:00May 13th, 2015|

“Great power often corrupts virtue; it invariably renders vice more malignant. In proportion as the powers of government increase, both its own character and that of the people becomes worse.” […]

The Living’s Endurance of Hardship and War

By |2016-11-26T09:52:06-05:00April 8th, 2015|

John Taylor of Caroline “The present generation suffers every hardship and cost of war, although anticipation pretends that it is covered by future generations. And this delusion is used to involve nations in wars, which they would never commence, if they knew that all the expense would fall upon themselves. It is [...]

John Taylor: Advocate of Agrarianism, Self-Government & Liberty

By |2013-11-22T08:58:09-05:00November 12th, 2013|

John Taylor of Caroline County, Virginia, was the chief pamphleteer of the Jeffersonian Republicans during the 1790s. With vigor, he attacked the Hamiltonian system with its national bank and privileges for the wealthy. Despite Taylor’s prominence in the Jeffersonian party and in forming its ideological expression, his significance has not always been understood. Historians [...]

The Wisdom of John Taylor of Caroline

By |2014-01-06T08:51:24-05:00August 31st, 2012|

John Taylor of Caroline During a recent meeting of the Academy of Philosophy and Letters in Baltimore this summer, radio personality and [r]epublican man of virtue, Mike Church, called for a revival and remembrance of the thought of John Taylor of Caroline. Perhaps, Church persuasively argued, we might very well find some answers and solutions [...]

My Tour of the RNC: “Money For Nuthin & Your Chicks For Free”

By |2014-01-06T09:31:48-05:00August 29th, 2012|

Warned John Taylor in his “Inquiry Into The Principles of the Gov’t of the United States”  “[The powerful Executive branch]…converts representation into vassalage to the leaders of parties, disciplined, not by the comparatively honourable infliction of the lash, but by the base and wicked sophism, that it is honourable to stick to a party, [...]