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 [...]

Thomas Jefferson or Alexander Hamilton?

By |2016-10-17T11:05:42-05:00May 15th, 2012|Categories: Alexander Hamilton, American Republic, Clyde Wilson, Thomas Jefferson|

Friends, you must have either Jefferson or Hamilton. All the fundamental conflicts in our history were adumbrated during the first decade of the General Government in the contest symbolized by these two men. Hamilton lost in the short run, but triumphed in the long run. He would find much that is agreeable in the present American [...]

Thomas Jefferson, Conservative

By |2019-08-08T14:05:04-05:00April 19th, 2012|Categories: American Republic, Books, Clyde Wilson, Conservatism, Featured, Republicanism, Thomas Jefferson|

A Review of The Sage of Monticello, by Dumas Malone, Volume Six of Jefferson and His Time In 1809 Thomas Jefferson yielded up the Presidency and crossed into Virginia. In the 17 active years remaining to him he never left there. The first volume of Malone’s masterpiece, published in 1948, was Jefferson the Virginian. [...]

In Honor of Mr. Jefferson’s Birthday: Suggested Essays & Quotes

By |2018-04-12T14:17:12-05:00April 13th, 2012|Categories: Clyde Wilson, Russell Kirk, Thomas Jefferson, W. Winston Elliott III|

Recommended essays regarding Mr. 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 Thomas Jefferson & the American Declaration of Independence by Ross Lence Thomas Jefferson, Conservative by Clyde Wilson Jefferson Was Right by Joseph Sobran Calhoun, Jefferson, and Popular Rule by Lee Cheek [...]

The Jeffersonian Conservative Tradition

By |2019-11-10T22:34:15-06:00September 4th, 2011|Categories: American Founding, Books, Clyde Wilson, Conservatism, Republicanism, Thomas Jefferson|

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 what traditions, tendencies, and movements it is heir to. In its earliest stages the conservative resurgence has conceived of itself largely as an extension of the European [...]

Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday

By |2018-04-12T14:47:00-05:00April 13th, 2011|Categories: American Republic, Clyde Wilson, Republicanism, Thomas Jefferson|

Thomas Jefferson’s birthday went virtually unnoticed earlier this year (ed. 1993), the 250th anniversary of his birth. Nothing is more indicative of how badly we Americans have squandered our moral capital and betrayed the substance of our history. We did have, of course, President Clinton’s inaugural journey from Monticello, though it is hard to imagine [...]

Patriotism: A Necessary Sentiment

By |2019-07-03T12:10:08-05:00February 21st, 2011|Categories: American Republic, Clyde Wilson, Patriotism, Quotation|

Patriotism is the wholesome, constructive love of one’s land and people. Nationalism is the unhealthy love of one’s government, accompanied by the aggressive desire to put down others—which becomes in deracinated modern men a substitute for religious faith. Patriotism is an appropriate, indeed necessary, sentiment for people who wish to preserve their freedom; nationalism [...]

From Union to Empire

By |2018-08-13T09:58:14-05:00February 4th, 2011|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Books, Clyde Wilson, Featured, Republicanism, Thomas Jefferson, W. Winston Elliott III|

From Union to Empire: Essays in the Jeffersonian Tradition by Clyde N. Wilson “To check power, to return the American empire to republicanism we do not need to resort to the drastic right of revolution nor to the destructive goal of anarchic individualism. We have in the states ready-made instruments. All that is lacking [...]