Clyde Wilson

Clyde N. Wilson is a contributing editor to Chronicles. A retired professor of history at the University of South Carolina, he is the author of numerous books, including Carolina Cavalier: The Life and Mind of James Johnston Pettigrew and Defending Dixie: Essays in Southern History and Culture. He is the editor of The Papers of John C. Calhoun.

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  • Remembering M. E. Bradford
    December 2019

    Remembering M. E. Bradford

    Anyone who met M. E. Bradford was unlikely to forget him. There was his imposing bulk and his Stetson cowboy hat, but that was just the trimming. This Oklahoman, long a fixture at the University of Dallas, radiated vast erudition, lightly worn and easily shared, often in colloquial language. He emitted goodwill and sparkling humor, fused with an antique courtly courtesy for all. Bradford was steeped in the history of Southern literature, much like Donald Davidson, the Agrarian man of letters and poet under whom he wrote his dissertation at Vanderbilt University.

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  • February 20, 2019

    The Treasury of Virtue

    "Contrary to widespread belief, evidence is accumulating that Western democracy is in continuous and serious decline," writes Claes Ryn in the opening of this eloquent, concise, and hard-hitting manifesto that goes immediately to the heart of our times.

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  • The Life of an 'Old Republican'
    January 24, 2019

    The Life of an 'Old Republican'

    Nathaniel Macon (Dec. 17, 1758-June 29, 1837), "Old Republican" statesman, the foremost public man of North Carolina in the early 19th century, was the sixth child of Gideon and Priscilla (Jones) Macon and was born at his father's plantation on Shocco Creek in what later became Warren County.

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  • Bait and Switch
    January 2017

    Bait and Switch

    What came from Philadelphia was not a “U.S. Constitution” or a “Constitution of the U.S.” It was “a Constitution for the United States.”

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  • In the Beginning . . .
    December 2016

    In the Beginning . . .

    This latest is vintage Tom Wolfe. As in Radical Chic and The Painted Word, he casts his uniquely probing eye on fashionable orthodoxy and its establishment priests—in this case the strange religious cult of evolution.

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  • Sounding the Trump
    October 2016

    Sounding the Trump

    In important ways, a revolutionary process has begun. So argues Ilana Mercer in the best extended analysis yet published of the Trump phenomenon: “Trump is getting an atrophied political system to oscillate” in “an oddly marvelous uprising.”

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  • September 6, 2016

    A Few Modest Suggestions for the Trump Administration

    A few modest suggestions to keep President Trump and his team busy for the first 100 days.

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  • July 15, 2016

    Oh, Donald, Say It Ain’t So

    Donald Trump has done his country great service by simply telling the truth, tearing a few holes in the great fabric of lies that makes up American public discourse. The American people have responded to his boldness and independence.

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  • July 2016

    Lament for a Lost Love

    Oh, England! How have I loved thee, even though most of my forebears came from the doubtful Scots and Welsh borders, and not a few were 17th-century refugees from the turmoil of the German states.

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  • April 2016


    Contrary to popular belief, political parties are not democratic institutions. They are extraconstitutional instruments of elite control, machines for corralling and pacifying the voters with platitudes.

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  • A Real Place
    April 2016

    A Real Place

    This work reminds me, on an appropriately more modest scale, of John Lukacs’s book on Philadelphians. Both hearken back to a time when Americans were a semicivilized people who lived in Real Places rather than the rootless inhabitants of a uniform, ugly, and trivial No Place.

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  • February 16, 2016

    America Today: From Sea to Shining Sea

    All but a few of the baker’s dozen contenders for the Republican presidential nomination advocate warlike measures against Russia, Syria, and Iran. Consequences are not discussed.

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  • March 2016

    Uncle Bud Helps Out Jeb Bush

    I know we have not always seen I to I, as they say, but fair is fair, as they say, and I feel it is my duty to let you know that one of your opponents has been making fun of you and misreporting where you stand.

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  • February 1, 2016

    A VP For Trump?

    If Trump should actually get the Republican presidential nomination, then the question arises of his Vice-President-to-be. Of course, we should not count our chips before the last hand.

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  • It’s the Debt, Stupid
    February 2016

    It’s the Debt, Stupid

    A distinguished and liberal economic historian, Prof. Michael Hudson has laid bare the secret of the present American dilemma—why we suffer a declining and artificial economy and a widening chasm between the rich and the rest.

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  • January 4, 2016

    More Annals of the Stupid Party

    Will the Establishment hold their collective aristocratic noses and support Ted Cruz to cancel Trump? Cruz is intelligent, unlike the aforementioned, which means he is able to perceive reality and change.

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  • December 2, 2015

    Democracy in Action 3

    Government is always about managing things for the rich. It makes no difference if you call it “democracy.”

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  • December 1, 2015

    Democracy in Action 2

    Why is it that every time Muslims kill a bunch of people and declare it is because they are fulfilling their religion, the government tells us Islam is peaceable and we should import more of it?

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  • November 30, 2015

    Democracy in Action

    How is it that the owners of big media and their lackeys control public discourse, but nobody ever voted for them? We don’t even know who most of them are.

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  • November 11, 2015

    More Maxims of American Life

    Some maxims of American life: Abraham Lincoln was a kind and merciful man with good will towards all.

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