Harry V. Jaffa, 1918 - 2015

Sovereignty…as understood in the Declaration of Independence was originally, and by nature, the equal and unalienable possession of individual human beings. The original equality of all human beings was an equality of sovereignty; no man had more right to rule another than the other had to rule him.

— Harry V. Jaffa


Harry Victor Jaffa was born in New York City on October 7, 1918, and died on January 10, 2015, in Pomona, California, thus spanning the presidencies of Woodrow Wilson and Barack Obama.
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Harry V. Jaffa devoted his life to understanding the relationship between great speeches and great actions, between logos and ergon (speech and deed), and between eternity and our temporality.
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Harry V. Jaffa and Charles Kesler discuss Professor Jaffa’s decision to attend graduate school and how he first came to know Leo Strauss.

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