Brion McClanahan

Restoring the Old Order: Who Owns America?

By |2019-07-09T16:04:30-06:00September 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 [...]

How to Read the Constitution

By |2014-04-25T09:57:28-06:00March 18th, 2014|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Books, Constitution|Tags: , , |

The Founding Fathers Guide to the Constitution, Brion McClanahan, Regnery, 262 pages The two key arguments against bothering with constitutional restraints on government are “who knows” and “who cares”: we can’t know what the Constitution means, and we shouldn’t care even if we did. In The Founding Fathers Guide to the Constitution, historian Brion [...]

Forgotten Conservatives in American History: Featured Book

By |2016-11-25T11:31:25-06:00February 23rd, 2013|Categories: Books, Conservatism, TIC Featured Book, W. Winston Elliott III|Tags: , |

In Forgotten Conservatives in American History Brion McClanahan and Clyde Wilson trace conservatism from the country’s beginnings, and discuss central conservative principles of sound money, light taxes, low debt, states’ rights, and decentralization.  Grover Cleveland, the last conservative president; John Taylor, the best political thinker of the Jeffersonian tradition; and Sam Ervin, the last constitutionalist, [...]

Forgotten Conservatives in American History

By |2016-10-17T11:05:41-06:00August 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 [...]

New Book: Forgotten Conservatives in American History

By |2016-11-25T11:32:41-06:00April 22nd, 2012|Categories: Books, Conservatism, Republicanism, W. Winston Elliott III|Tags: |

I am looking forward to reviewing this promising new book, Forgotten Conservatives in American History, by Brion McClanahan and Clyde N. Wilson. For now a teaser from the publisher is offered to our readers. “Americans weary of what passes for ‘conservatism’ in the circus of modern party politics owe McClanahan and Wilson profound thanks for [...]