The Great Thomas & Hill Show

Let it be said: I was never a Thomas enthusiast.  I am no fan of affirmative action in any sense.  I do not believe in ethnic or racial seats on the Supreme Court, and I can only scoff at the patent Bushian lie that race played no role in Clarence Thomas’ selection, or that he was the best qualified person in the nation for the job.  Neither am I impressed with the depth of Thomas” juristic insight or with the consistency of whatever of his principles have not been shredded during the confirmation “process.” Even at best, Thomas was never any sort of Libertarian or Randian; at most, Thomas was a Jaffaite, his “control” and theoretician being a Japanese-American Jaffaite aide.  To the uninitiated in the mysteries of modern conservatism, Harry Jaffa is the leader of the Western Straussians – in contrast to the Eastern Straussians – both groups ardent and abject disciples of the late Professor Leo Strauss.  The Straussians (who include “prince” William Kristol, son of Irving, chief aide and “theoretician” to our beloved Vice President, Dan Quayle) provide whatever intellectual patina the neoconservatives may possess.  In contrast to Eastern Straussians (e.g.  Allan Bloom, Walter Berns), the Jaffaites believe in natural rights.  That’s the good news.  The bad news is that prominent among these alleged rights is “equality,” egalitarianism, a concept illegitimately grafted onto the Jeffersonian doctrine of natural rights of person and property.  To Professor Jaffa, Abraham Lincoln and “Dr.” Martin Luther King constitute the modern incarnation and fulfillment of Lockean natural rights.  In short, “civil rights” are encouraged to ride roughshod over property rights.  Whatever this is, it is…

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