Harry V. Jaffa Dies at 96; Shaped Modern American Conservative Movement

Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times, January 15, 2015.


Jaffa, who taught political philosophy at Claremont McKenna College for 25 years, cemented his reputation as an intellectual force with his 1959 book “Crisis of the House Divided,” a seminal interpretation of the Lincoln-Douglas debates that illuminated the classical roots of Lincoln’s political principles.

During a brief involvement with electoral politics Jaffa also crafted one of the most memorable campaign lines in modern history: 1964 presidential candidate Barry Goldwater’s declaration that “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice” and “moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.”

Los Angeles Times