Top Ten Conservatives Throughout History

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The Top Ten

1 Adam Smith Adam Smith Adam Smith was a Scottish moral philosopher, pioneer of political economy, and a key figure in the Scottish Enlightenment.

Smith was one of the earliest advocates of free-market capitalism, and he arguably had the greatest influence on our economic model today. He is still being studied today. - Alpha101

2 John Locke John Locke John Locke FRS was an English philosopher and physician, widely regarded as one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers and commonly known as the "Father of Liberalism".

Locke was also a major proponent of free markets, civil liberties, and individualism. - Alpha101

3 Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father who was principal author of the Declaration of Independence.

Jefferson constantly tried to suppress the expansion of the federal government, and envisioned a society where individuals and families were self-sufficient. - Alpha101

4 Barry Goldwater

Goldwater was a senator and presidential candidate in the 20th century. He was actually pretty moderate for the time, with saying things such as "You don't have to be straight to be in the military; you just have to be able to shoot straight." He was very good friends with John F. Kennedy, and was very critical of the religous right taking over the Republican party. He even said at one point, "Do not associate my name with anything you do. You are extremists, and you've hurt the Republican party much more than the Democrats have." Although he had some moderate views, he opposed the civil rights act of 1964, stating that the bill would allow the federal government to intrude on matters that were resolved to the states and private businesses. Goldwater was one of the most important political figures in the 1900s, and is still influential today. - Alpha101

5 Milton Friedman

Friedman was a major proponent of the free market, and supported the Reagan administration's efforts in simplifying the tax code. He did hold some liberal beliefs, though. He supported legalizing all drugs, providing all citizens with a guaranteed income, etc. Friedman is considered to be one of the most influential economists of all time. - Alpha101

He was more libertarian than conservative.

6 Thomas Sowell

Sowell is another very influential conservative economist, and confused with Friedman several times throughout his career. - Alpha101

7 Calvin Coolidge Calvin Coolidge

Coolidge reduced taxes, deregulated the economy, and presided over one of the best decades in American history for economic growth. Some critics state that Coolidge's policies helped begin the Great Depression, though that's debatable. - Alpha101

8 Ron Paul

Paul was a senator and a presidential candidate. He supported deregulation of the economy, lowering taxes, and lowering the national debt. - Alpha101

9 Ben Shapiro

Shapiro has just recently grown to fame. He was heavily critical of the Obama administration, and supports positions that would limit the growth of government. - Alpha101

10 James Monroe James Monroe

Monroe always tried to prevent the growth of the federal government, and is usually held highly among conservatives. - Alpha101

The Contenders

11 Robert Taft
12 Russell Kirk
13 M. Stanton Evans
14 Patrick J. Buchanan
15 Ezra Levant
16 James Madison James Madison James Madison, Jr. was a political theorist, American statesman, and served as the fourth President of the United States.
17 Patrick Henry
18 Samuel Adams
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