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    Jeffersonian Democracy

    Jeffersonian Democracy is an economically liberal political movement that was dominant in the United States in the early 19th century. He is dedicated to the ideals of Thomas Jefferson, its prominent advocate that the movement was named for. He is opposed to the corruption of elitists and merchants, valuing planters and farmers as the true backbone of the republic.

    It primarily combines elements of Clib.png Classical Liberalism, Republicanismpix.png Republicanism, and Farm.png Agrarianism.


    In the early years of the United States, the Republicanismpix.png Democratic-Republican Party originated in the early 1790s as an opposition to the Hamiltonianism.png Federalist Party of Alexander Hamilton. As the country grew, the two parties became more organized, and tension between them grew stronger. The party gained political dominance in the elections of 1800 as Jefferson was elected president and it became the majority in Congress. During his presidency, Jefferson managed to reduce the national debt and government spending, reversing many Federalist policies. One of his most notable achievements is the acquisition of Louisiana from France.

    After his presidency, Jefferson had many successors for decades, including James Madison, James Monroe, and John Quincy Adams. The Federalists collapsed after 1815 due to the dominance of their opposition, bringing upon the Era of Good Feelings, a time characterized by a lack of partisan disputes. During the 1824 election, the party inevitably split up into two factions: one that supported incumbent President Adams, and the other that supported General Andrew Jackson. Backers of Jackson became the Democratic Party, and those who followed Adams eventually became the Whig Party.

    The Demcr.png Democratic Party became a dominant political power before being overtaken by the Conserv.png Republican Party and their opposition of slavery in the Civil War. Despite not being directly related to the party, Republicans borrowed Jefferson’s ideals of liberty and equality. Today, traces of Jeffersonian democracy can be found often in American Libertarian.png Libertarianism and Rpop-tinfoilhat.png Right-Wing Populism.



    How to Draw

    Coat of Arms of Jeffersonian Democracy
    The symbol used to represent Jeffersonian Democracy is based of the escutcheon of Thomas Jefferson's Coat of arms.

    With the blazon being such:

    Azure a fret and on a chief Gules three leopards' faces Argent.

    1. Draw a ball with eyes.
    2. Fill the upper half with red, the lower half with blue. Make the lower half significantly larger.
    3. In the red section draw three leopard faces. Simplify to simple balls with ears if you must do.
    4. Draw a white saltire within the blue section around the saltire draw a white diamond shape interconnecting with it.
    Color Name HEX RGB
    Red #CE0F25 206, 15, 37
    Blue #1353B4 19, 83, 180
    White #FFFFFF 255, 255, 255

    An Alternative design based on logo of the California Distinguished School program has been used, based on the misconception that it's the logo of one of the schools in the program the 'Jefferson School'.




    • Distributist.png Distributism - Everyone should own a farm, but what's with all the statism and religious involvement in government?
    • Secular.png Secularism - I'm gonna write down this book called the Jefferson bible since we need a sense of morality.
    • Fed.png Federalism - While they support representative democracy, they don't give enough power to the states.
    • Cap.png Capitalism - "I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country,” our revolution will have been in vain if a Virginia farmer is to be held in hock to a New York stock jobber, who in turn is in hock to a London banker.



    • Monarch.png Monarchism - I didn’t write the Declaration of Independence so I could create another monarchy.
    • Plutocrat.png Plutocracy - What we don't need is an artificial aristocracy founded on wealth and birth without either virtue or talents.
    • Theocrat.png Theocracy - Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof! Besides, I’m a deist...
    • Hamiltonianism.png Hamiltonianism - I get no satisfaction witnessing his fits of passion. The way he primps and preens and dresses like the pits of fashion.
    • Emon.png Elective Monarchism - Are you not just Hamiltonianism again?
    • Pirat.png Hydrarchy - Never forget the Barbary wars!
    • Native.png Indigenism - Sorry, I am all for democracy for civilized people, But you don't seem to be civilized and it is arguable if you can even be considered people. Prepare to be manifested!
    • Blacknat.png Black Nationalism - "All men are created equal", now that I'm done with that, time to take care of my giant slave mansion.

    Further Information


    Thomas Jefferson

    Translations of the works of Clib.png Destutt de Tracy

    Other Authors



    1. The ideology in his historical context is considered to be left-wing
    2. Individual Liberty by Anin.pngBenjamin Tucker: "The Anarchists are simply unterrified Jeffersonian Democrats. They believe that 'the best government is that which governs least,' and that that which governs least is no government at all."
    3. The Natural Aristocracy by Thomas Jefferson



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