that the corqpany conducted across therncountry. Clyde himself attended thesernseminars, and his engaging personalit}-rnand wealth of knowledge proved invaluablernto his company.rnHis family was the centerpiece ofrnClvde’s life. His wife Marian workedrnwith him in the business from the vervrnbeginning, and she eentually served asrnVice President for Administration and asrnCorporate Secretary. Bill Sluhan succeededrnhis father as President and ChiefrnExecutive Officer of Master Chemical.rnHis two sons and a daughter, SallvrnWright, and six grandchildren were arnconstant source of pride and delight tornhim. Clyde was so grateful for the blessingsrnhe had received that he wanted torndo all he could to make sure that Americarnwould remain the land of opportunib,-rnfor coming generations. Hillsdale College,rnthe Heritage Foimdation, and thernSocial Philosophy and Policy Center atrnBowling Green State University werernsome of the institutions that benefitedrnfrom his patronage.rnOn November 2, Clyde and MarianrnSluhan flew to Chicago for the Institute’srnannual board meeting and the awardingrnof the higersoll Prizes. He had had seriousrnheart problems for the past sixrnmonths and was not feeling well. As itrnturned out, he was not well enough to attendrneither event, but returned homernand entered the hospital. At the funeralrnservice, Marian said, “He really wasn’trnwell enough to make the Chicago trip,rnbut he was so committed to The RockfordrnInstitute that nobody and nothingrncould persuade him not to go. So herndid.”rn— ]ohn A. HowardrnT H E JOHN RANDOLPH CLUB srneighth annual meeting was, by all indications,rnthe most successful. Over 100rnpeople from across America convergedrnon the once-splendid Congress Hotel onrnChicago’s Lakefront for the three-dayrngathering, which included a black-tierndinner celebrating the 20th anniversanoirnChronicles.rnContinuing the ]ohn RandolphrnClub’s tradition of debate between thernpartisans of libertand the partisans of order,rnthe meeting also expanded the debaterninto other areas. Addressing thernquestion, “The Future of America: Nationalismrnor Secession?” from international,rnnational, and regional perspectives,rnthe speakers discussed growingrntensions within the United States, as wellrnas assaults on American sovereignty fromrnwithout. The weekend began with arnspeech by John O’Sullivan, editor of NationalrnReview, who argued in favor of a vibrantrnAmerican nationalism and warnedrnthe audience of the dangers of restrictingrnfree trade and failing to restrict immigration.rnOn Saturday morning, Paul Gottfriedrnand Srdja Trifkovic discussed federalismrn— both real and imagined — inrnEurope, while James Jatras examinedrn”Fascism at Home and Abroad.” Chroniclesrneditors Chilton Williamson, Jr., andrnBill KaufiFman and League of the SouthrnPresident Michael Hill argued thatrnAmerica is a nation of regions, althoughrnthey all agreed that those regions arernrapidly losing their distinctive identitiesrnunder assault from Washington, D.C.,rnNew York, and Los Angeles. Chicagorncolumnist and radio personality TomrnRoeser, in a lively luncheon speech, defendedrnthe “evils ou know” in Chicagornas preferable to the “evils you don’trnknow” in Washington.rnOn Saturday afternoon, the speakersrnfocused on particular issues facingrnAmerica today. Rockford Institute ExecutivernVice President Christopher Check,rnformerly a captain in the Marines, describedrnour “New World Army” as a failurernin its traditional mission and a threatrnto American freedom, while E. ChristianrnKopff delivered a rousing denunciationrnof free trade ideology. Two distinguishedrnlegal scholars, Stephen Presserrnof Northwestern Universit}’ and WilliamrnQuirk of the Universit)’ of South CarolinarnLaw School, discussed remedies torncurb the imperial judiciary. The afternoonrnwas capped off by a heated debaternover the question, “Nationalism or Secession?”rnSam Francis and Chris Kopffrntook the nationalist side, while ThomasrnFleming and Clyde Wilson defendedrndevolution and insisted upon the use ofrnsecession as a political threat. Whilernboth sides agreed that a revitalized federalismrnis desirable, the nationalist teamrnclaimed that secessionist movementsrnplay into the hands of the centralizers,rnwhile the secessionist team argued thatrnexcessive nationalism can destroy regionalrnand local identities.rnTo celebrate Chronicles 20th anniversary,rnthe editors oi Chronicles (and assortedrnfriends) roasted the man who hasrnguided the magazine for 13 years,rnThomas Fleming. In a series of wickedrn(but moving) tributes, the roasters discus.rnsed Dr. Fleming’s known affinih forrnneoconservatives, Swedes, and other upstandingrnfolk. The roast ended on a flatrnnote, when Chilton Williamson, ChrisrnCheck, and Scott Richert attempted (inrnvain) a rendition of two Gilbert and Sullivanrnparodies composed b’ Chroniclesrnmanaging editor Theodore Pappas.rnThe evening ended with a call to armsrnby Tom Fleming, recendy named Presidentrnof The Rockford Institute. Declaringrnthat “the age of exploration has ended,rnand the age of reconquest hasrnbegun,” Dr. Fleming briefly sketchedrnthe failures and betrayals of Americanrnconservatives. He called for a revitalizedrnAmerican right, recaptured from “therncynics, hucksters, and blow-dried officeseekersrnwho speak for the conservativernmovement.” “Our first duty,” he argued,rn”is to defend our religion, our heritage,rnour cidture from the attacks of the multiculturalrnleft, of course, but also from thernattacks of the universalist left, from conservativesrnlike Sidney Hook and Bill Bennettrnwho lie in telling us that Westernrncivilization is a set of a few books and abstractrnprinciples, universal and open tornanyone willing to take a few courses inrncitizenship and the great books.” To arnstanding ovation, he declared, “Therncounterrevolution has begun.”rnEPICYCLES:rn• Burn, Baby, Burn: While the Confederaternbattle flag has come under fire atrnOle Miss, symbols of Mexican nationhoodrnare increasingly prevalent in America.rnThe Mexican national anthem wasrnplayed at the groundbreaking of a bilingualrnpublic school here in Rockford.rnThe Mexican flag has become a prominentrnfeature at Hispanic political ralliesrnsuch as Jesse Jackson’s anti-Propositionrn209 rally on the Golden Gate Bridge lastrnfall. Not surprisingly, some Americansrnsee the elevation of Mexican politicalrnsymbols as an attack on Americanrnsovereignty. In Santa Cruz, California, arndecorated Vietnam eteran, dressed inrnhis fatigues, climbed to the top of thernSanta Cruz Veterans Memorial Buildingrnand burned a Mexican flag. Accordingrnto the Santa Cruz Sentinel, James Wainscoat,rnthe president of the United VeteransrnCouncil, shouted “Viva California!rnViva America!” while torching the flag.rnInterviewed by a local TV station, Wainscoatrnstated: “I was trained in specialrnforces, military intelligence, and insurgencyrnwarfare, and what I see happeningrn8/CHRONlCLESrnrnrn