Jeffersonian Democracy

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"A free people [claim] their rights, as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate."

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 Classical Liberalism, Republicanism, and Agrarianism.


In the early years of the United States, the Democratic-Republican Party originated in the early 1790s as an opposition to the 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 Democratic Party became a dominant political power before being overtaken by the 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 Libertarianism and Right-Wing Populism.




Jeffersonian Democracy has a thick southern accent, and loves acting like a people's man. He hates it when people call him a hypocrite for talking about the common man's rights, while owning slaves at the same time. He likes to call himself a Classical Liberal, but today most people would see him as a Libertarian.

Stylistic Notes

  • Jeffersonian Democracy loves farms and plantations.
  • He hates people like Alexander Hamilton and their pro - federal government policies.
  • He doesn't like taxes and tariffs, and admires France.

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'.


State Lovers and Farmers


  • Confederatism - Yes, I love that you love state power, and you tried to preserve the Old American Way, but I don't think betraying your country was the right move.
  • Distributism - Everyone should own a farm, but what's with all the statism and religious involvement in government?
  • Secularism - I'm gonna write down this book called the Jefferson bible since we need a sense of morality.
  • Federalism - While they support representative democracy, they don't give enough power to the states.
  • Jacksonian Democracy - My racist son, chill out please.
  • 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. Ignore the fact that I ran a huge slave plantation and exploited my slaves.
  • Jacobinism - "If there were but an Adam and Eve left in every country, and left free, it would be better than as it now is" But why are you kind of left wing???
  • Bonapartism - "Although we neither expected, nor wished any act of friendship from Bonaparte, and always detested him as a tyrant, yet he gave employment to much of the force of the nation who was our common enemy."
  • Washingtonism - You're a great man but it's a shame that he is taking advantage of your senility.
  • Toryism - Well You aren't as bad as your predecesor and you have adopted many enlightened and old liberal ideas, you're a still a monarchist and a centralist though.

Northern Folk

  • Monarchism - I didn’t write the Declaration of Independence so I could create another monarchy.
  • Plutocracy - What we don't need is an artificial aristocracy founded on wealth and birth without either virtue or talents.
  • Theocracy - Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof! Besides, I’m a deist...
  • Hamiltonianism - I get no satisfaction witnessing his fits of passion. The way he primps and preens and dresses like the pits of fashion.
  • Elective Monarchism - Are you not just Hamiltonianism again?
  • Hydrarchy - Never forget the Barbary wars!
  • 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!
  • 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 Destutt de Tracy

Other Authors




  1. The ideology in his historical context is considered to be left-wing
  2. Thomas Jefferson's Record on Slavery by Ryan Chapman
  3. Individual Liberty by Benjamin 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."
  4. The Natural Aristocracy by Thomas Jefferson