Patriotism Is Not Enough: Harry Jaffa, Walter Berns, and the Arguments that Redefined America

How should Americans love their country? Steven F. Hayward offers answers in Patriotism Is Not Enough: Harry Jaffa, Walter Berns, and the Arguments that Redefined America.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Hayward explains the important of Jaffa and Berns, describes why they clashed, and reveals how their disputes shaped the course of modern conservative thought. He also gives a refreshingly brief answer to a vexing question: What’s a Straussian?

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  1. Peter Meza Member
    Peter Meza
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    “Mr. Clay’s predominant sentiment, from first to last, was a deep devotion to the cause of human liberty — a strong sympathy with the oppressed everywhere, and an ardent wish for their elevation. With him, this was a primary and all controlling passion. Subsidiary to this was the conduct of his whole life. He loved his country partly because it was his own country, but mostly because it was a free country; and he burned with a zeal for its advancement, prosperity and glory, because he saw in such, the advancement, prosperity and glory, of human liberty, human right and human nature. He desired the prosperity of his countrymen partly because they were his countrymen, but chiefly to show to the world that freemen could be prosperous.”

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  2. Henry Castaigne Member
    Henry Castaigne
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    As we speak, Chinese religious minorities and political prisoners are in jail in part because they notice that Chinese populations thrive in democracies. If America and European democracies fail, the Communist Government of China will be given a free reighn to hurt anyone inconvenient. 

    The Communists will say, “Democracy doesn’t work so why should we be Democratic?” Democracy can only succeed with a populace devoted to decency.

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  3. Robert McReynolds Inactive
    Robert McReynolds
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    Harry Jaffa? BWAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Here’s Harry Jaffa getting dismantled by the great Prof. Tom DiLorenzo.

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