The Pluralist Vision of John C. Calhoun

@article{Baskin1969ThePV,
  title={The Pluralist Vision of John C. Calhoun},
  author={Darryl Baskin},
  journal={Polity},
  year={1969},
  volume={2},
  pages={49 - 65}
}
How conservative is American conservatism? This is a question which has been frequently asked (and answered) both by polemicists and scholars. Here, in a way, this question is asked (and answered) once more, but now by reference to the thought of one particular American conservative, John C. Calhoun. The answer is that Calhoun's thought is fundamentally liberal: that is, liberal in its philosophical base; and that this liberalism prevents his thought from being effectively conservative. Calhoun… 
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