What Is Conservatism?
How did previous generations define it?
This series of essays defines the American idea of conservatism as adapted from European society. In tracing its evolution from the country’s beginnings, conservatism is defined as sound money, light taxes, low debt, states’ rights, and decentralization.
Chapters examine men like Grover Cleveland, the last conservative president; John Taylor, the best political thinker of the Jeffersonian tradition; and Sam Ervin, the last constitutionalist. Through the words and actions of men, readers will find an understanding of American conservatism from the founding generation to the present.
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In Praise of Forgotten Conservatives in American History
“The Marxist Left and the Neoconservative Right have all but obliterated the meaning of true conservatism as limited constitutional government in both domestic and foreign affairs. That is why so many journalists seemed mystified or amused at Congressman Ron Paul’s advocacy of these principles during his presidential campaigns. Clyde Wilson and Brion McClanahan have produced a gem of a book that will enable Americans to rediscover the true meaning of conservatism as neither the vulgar, false ideology as expressed by the Left, nor the equally false definition of it as espoused by the “former” Trotskyites known as “neoconservatives.”
–Thomas DiLorenzo, author of The Real Lincoln; How Capitalism Saved America; and Hamilton’s Curse.
“Americans weary of what passes for “conservatism” in the circus of modern party politics owe McClanahan and Wilson profound thanks for recovering these voices of a lost tradition. Our bloated, debt-ridden, crusading empire has never needed these courageous defenders of the old republic more than it does at present. This is a sober reminder of how far we have departed from first principles and points to the quality of character needed for recovery of authentic conservatism.”
–Richard M. Gamble, Author of In Search of the City on a Hill: The Making and Unmaking of an American Myth
“The charlatans who have taken over official conservatism have had to suppress a lot of history in order to portray themselves as genuine conservatives. The authors of Forgotten Conservatives aren’t letting them get away with it. Every page of this book is a nail in the neoconservative coffin.”
–Thomas E. Woods, Jr., New York Times Bestselling Author of Meltdown and The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History
“Forgotten Conservatives in American History is a history of Forgotten America, the country that embodies the traditions on which America was founded. It is a necessary antidote to the agitprop of leftist textbooks and neoconservative jingoism and the perfect gift for every history buff.”
–Thomas Fleming, Editor Chronicles Magazine.