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How These Conservative Intellectuals Shaped Modern Conservative Thought

Professor and author Steven Hayward joins Federalist Radio to give a brief history of the most influential thinkers in conservative political philosophy.


Steven F. Hayward is a professor at UC Berkeley and the author of the new book, “Patriotism Is Not Enough: Harry Jaffa, Walter Berns, and the Arguments that Redefined American Conservatism.” He joins the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the thinkers and writers who shaped the conservative movement and how they fit into America’s intellectual history.

Hayward explains how the students of Leo Strauss, such as Harry Jaffa and Walter Berns, focused on American political thought as opposed to European.

“They argued more profoundly than anyone else that people like Madison and Hamilton…and the philosophy of the American founding… although it has some similarities to European conservatism, it also has some distinctive new things that it has to offer the world,” he said.

Later in the hour, they discuss whether the ideas of Strauss and other conservative philosophers will be able find their way into the Trump administration.

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