Jaffa’s New Birth: Harry Jaffa at Ninety

Michael Zuckert, Review of Politics Vol. 71, No. 02 (Spring 2009), pp 207-223.


With the publication of Harry Jaffa’s New Birth of Freedom, it is possible to see the overall trajectory of his thinking and to come to some assessment of it. New Birth redeems a forty-year-old promise for a sequel to Crisis of the House Divided. One problem, however, is that the sequel contradicts many of the claims in Crisis. These differences provide an ingress for reconsidering Jaffa’s overall project and, in particular, his relation with his teacher, Leo Strauss.

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