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Clyde Wilson

Clyde Wilson
Clyde N. Wilson is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the University of South Carolina. He is the author of From Union to Empire: Essays in the Jeffersonian Tradition and Defending Dixie: Essays in Southern History and Culture. He is also editor of The Essential Calhoun in Russell Kirk’s Library of Conservative Thought, as well as the editor of the multivolume The Papers of John C. Calhoun.
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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...

The American president was to be the hero of republican virtue. At the beginning of the new millennium, we can see only too well how mis­placed was the hope. From Cincinnatus to Caesar was a long road. From Caesar to Caligula is but a few short and...

American Populism, from its beginnings to the present moment, is an expression of hostility to state power and those who exercise it or seek to exercise it... In “Populism” we are confronted with a term that...

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...
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(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...
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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...

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...
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I have called M.E. Bradford the Agrarian Aquinas. He did not write a Summa, but his work, as a whole, enriched and carried into new territory the message of I’ll Take My Stand on a...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...

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...

John C. Calhoun Scandalously, Thomas Jefferson once wrote to James Madison, “I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and is as necessary in the political world...