John McClaughry on the Death of the Jeffersonian Spirit


Is America's Jeffersonian decentralist tradition alive, comatose, or irretrievably dead? John McClaughry reviews Politics on a Human Scale, in which Dordt College political scientist Jeff Taylor offers a well-informed, near-encyclopedic examination of when and how America's once-dominant political tradition receded. After eight years of missed opportunity with Reagan, four years of failure under Bush the Elder, eight more under Clinton, another eight under Bush the Younger, and now eight truly execrable years under Obama, is there any scintilla of hope for a revival of Jeffersonian democracy, liberty, community, and morality?