John McClaughry

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Vermont Papers Redux

All in all, mark The Vermont Papers down as a brave if idealistic attempt to chart the beginning of a campaign to preserve and refresh liberty, community and democracy in the one small state best suited for such a revival.

McClaughry Memoir: The Thousand Points of Light

The following is the final installment of John McClaughry’s memoir, Promoting Civil Society Among the Heathen.  See the previous chapter here. 8. George H.W. Bush and the...

McClaughry Memoir: The Reagan Years

The following is the fourth installment of John McClaughry’s memoir, Promoting Civil Society Among the Heathen.  See the previous chapter here. 7.  Ronald Reagan  Now let’s backtrack...

McClaughry Memoir: Ford and Carter

The following is the third installment of John McClaughry’s memoir, Promoting Civil Society Among the Heathen.  See the previous chapters here and here. 5. Ford and...

McClaughry Memoir: The Nixon Years

The following is the second installment of John McClaughry's memoir, Promoting Civil Society Among the Heathen.  See the previous chapters here. 3. The Community Self Determination...

Promoting Civil Society Among the Heathen: a Memoir

John McClaughry is one of the most misunderstood figures in modern American politics. He served several terms in the Vermont House and state senate...