From Union to Empire: Essays in the Jeffersonian Tradition

By |2019-04-12T22:05:33-05:00April 12th, 2019|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Books, Clyde Wilson, Republicanism, Thomas Jefferson, Timeless Essays, W. Winston Elliott III|

From Union to Empire: Essays in the Jeffersonian Tradition by Clyde N. Wilson (356 pages, The Foundation for American Education, 2003) Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Publisher W. Winston Elliott III, as he considers a classic collection of essays about the Jeffersonian tradition. —Stephen M. [...]

In Honor of Mr. Thomas Jefferson’s 275th Birthday

By |2018-04-13T09:58:36-05:00April 12th, 2018|Categories: Clyde Wilson, Russell Kirk, Thomas Jefferson, W. Winston Elliott III|

Here are recommended essays regarding Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 – July 4, 1826) on The Imaginative Conservative: Looking for Mr. Jefferson by Clyde Wilson Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday by Clyde Wilson The Declaration of Independence: Translucent Poetry by Eva Brann Thomas Jefferson & the American Declaration of Independence by Ross Lence Thomas Jefferson, Conservative by Clyde Wilson Jefferson Was [...]

Thomas Jefferson, Conservative

By |2019-03-19T01:26:06-05:00April 12th, 2018|Categories: American Republic, Clyde Wilson, Featured, Thomas Jefferson, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity—on the occasion of Thomas Jefferson’s 275th birthday—to join Clyde Wilson as he reflects upon Dumas Malone’s magisterial work, Jefferson and His Time. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher A Review of The Sage of Monticello, by Dumas Malone, Volume Six of Jefferson and His [...]

Who Is the Conservative Intellectual?

By |2017-06-08T09:20:33-05:00May 12th, 2017|Categories: Clyde Wilson, Conservatism, Featured, History, Tradition|Tags: |

The task of the conservative intellectual remains the same as it has always been, though acquiring new urgency. That task is to keep alive the wisdom that we are heir to and must keep and hand on… Carlyle defined history as ”the essence of innumerable biographies.” This is only one of the many inadequate [...]

From Cincinnatus to Caesar: The Devolution of the American Presidency

By |2016-10-17T11:04:39-05:00December 10th, 2015|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Clyde Wilson, Featured, History|

The American President began as Cincinnatus, a patriot called to the temporary service of his country (a republican confederation). The President ends as Caesar, a despot of almost unlimited power, presiding over a global empire. Like the Caesars, in some quarters the President is even worshiped as a god. Cincinnatus was called because of [...]

The Jeffersonian Conservative Tradition

By |2019-03-19T01:49:13-05:00November 9th, 2015|Categories: Clyde Wilson, Featured, History, Republicanism, Thomas Jefferson, Timeless Essays, Tradition|

(Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Clyde Wilson as he examines the Jeffersonian conservative tradition. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher) As a movement of thought, the resurgent conservatism of twentieth century America cannot achieve maturity without a properly worked out historical self-image—a documented and convincing picture of [...]

Jeffersonian Political Economy

By |2019-04-18T10:37:10-05:00September 11th, 2015|Categories: Clyde Wilson, Economic History, Economics, Featured, Political Economy, Thomas Jefferson|

Economics, as practiced today, is a utilitarian and materialistic study. It is concerned with maximizing profit, with describing the actions of man as an economic being, and explaining the allegedly inevitable results of supposed economic laws. Our Southern forebears did not practice economics. They practiced political economy—which is concerned with human well-being. Those old-time [...]

Inventing a New Nation at Gettysburg

By |2018-11-12T21:11:44-05:00May 18th, 2015|Categories: Abraham Lincoln, American Republic, Civil War, Clyde Wilson, Featured, War|

Few actors in history have been hallowed in as many points of the political compass as Abraham Lincoln. During the 1930s, portraits of Lincoln appeared at New York City rallies of American fascists and in the publications of American Communists. He was also the favourite of the most reactionary industrialists and the most advanced liberals [...]

Restoring the Old Order: Who Owns America?

By |2016-10-17T11:05:31-05:00September 4th, 2014|Categories: Agrarianism, American Founding, Clyde Wilson, Constitution|Tags: |

In graduate school, I was assigned by the resident “New South” historian I’ll Take My Stand by Twelve Southerners as my final paper. I eagerly accepted the project. This was in my back-yard, so to speak. I had read the book at least twice before and considered it one of the best tomes on [...]

Looking for Thomas Jefferson

By |2018-08-13T09:16:01-05:00April 13th, 2014|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Clyde Wilson, Featured, Thomas Jefferson|Tags: |

A cynical but true saying that sometimes passes around among historians is “He who controls the present controls the past.” Man is a symbolizing creature, and political struggles can be as much over symbols as over tangible things. Those who hold power and those who seek power want to associate themselves with favourable symbols [...]

Russell Kirk’s "Southern Valor"

By |2017-02-03T11:43:50-05:00September 18th, 2012|Categories: Clyde Wilson, Conservatism, John Randolph of Roanoke, Russell Kirk, South|Tags: , |

M.E. Bradford, who departed this vale of tears one year before his friend Russell Kirk, published an appreciation of Kirk in the pages of The Intercollegiate Review eighteen years ago. He likened Kirk, aptly, to his “neglected predecessor in American thought,” Orestes Brownson. Brownson was a widely learned and deeply earnest conservative democrat of [...]

Forgotten Conservatives in American History

By |2016-10-17T11:05:41-05:00August 10th, 2012|Categories: Books, Clyde Wilson, Conservatism|Tags: |

Several times in his dense treatises, John Taylor of Caroline, the systematic philosopher of Jeffersonian democracy, warned that political terms are treacherous and their exact meaning must be examined with care. Because, words are themselves weapons in the eternal campaign of designing men to achieve power and exploit their fellows. Let them control the [...]