Whiggery


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Whig

 (wĭg, hwĭg)
n.
1. A member of an 18th- and 19th-century British political party that was opposed to the Tories.
2. A supporter of the war against England during the American Revolution.
3. A 19th-century American political party formed to oppose the Democratic Party and favoring high tariffs and a loose interpretation of the Constitution.

[Probably short for Whiggamore, , a member of a body of 17th-century Scottish Presbyterian rebels.]

Whig′ger·y n.
Whig′gish adj.
Whig′gism n.
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Any one who objects to Whiggery should be glad when the Whigs don't put up the strongest fellow.
Hazlitt's vituperative skepticism about Whiggery shows the foundational status of Dissent in his thought, recently mapped meticulously by Stephen Burley.
(1981) 'John Hullah, John Curwen and Sarah Glover: a classic case of "Whiggery" in the history of musical education?', British Journal of Educational Studies 29 (2): 164-7.
3 (1991) 319-347; Graeme Patterson, "Whiggery, Nationality, and the Upper Canadian Reform Tradition," The Canadian Historical Review LVI, no.
Jenkins, Gladstone, Whiggery and the Liberal Party, 1874-1886, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988, 293).
However, the social conservative faction has its own deep roots in antebellum Whiggery, and a discussion of it could have helped better contextualize the efforts of Prohibitionists and, later, Christian conservatives to use the government to enforce a vision of social control.
The following extract, taken from Marchand's article on Poe's life at that period, vividly demonstrates and confirms Poe's social criticism: "his stand on the larger general questions of social reform, democracy, and progress as it was understood by industrial Whiggery, is hardly open to doubt [...].
Capitalism, Tombs writes, "laid New Labour's golden eggs." But if Blair made peace with city grandees, he did little to loosen the stranglehold of the overregulated state, and the recent banking booms in London, like those in New York, suggest rot rather than vitality, the cronyism of Court Whiggery (financial and political elites in bed together).
Do they signify Whiggery "as a Jonsonian or Shadwellian 'humour' " (195), as Susan Owen comments on Sir Barnaby Whigg, or, surprisingly, its opposite, royalism, as suggested by one of the characters with regard to Sir Lawrence's oath (90)?
Among the topics are Irish-Ireland and Catholic Whiggery: D.
Radical whiggery on the role of the militia: Ideological roots of the American revolutionary militia.
The people of Massachusetts have lived through any number of theories, faiths and fads -- paper money, Whiggery, Abolition, water therapy, temperance, women's rights, etc.