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Sanford Levinson, Melissa Williams, and Joel Parker

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479812370

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479812370.001.0001

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Segregation, Aggression, and Executive Power: Leo Strauss and ‘the Boys’

Segregation, Aggression, and Executive Power: Leo Strauss and ‘the Boys’

(p.407) 13 Segregation, Aggression, and Executive Power: Leo Strauss and ‘the Boys’
American Conservatism

Alan Gilbert

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on Robert Goldwin, an American Straussian who became an important conduit for Strauss’s ideas—or, at least, certain versions of them—to power-holders within the U.S. government. When Goldwin became the head of the Public Affairs Conference Center, he took on Strauss as a paid strategic advisor. Goldwin, like some others among Strauss’s students, would later extol extreme centralism or authoritarianism: “executive power” or “prerogative.” Indeed, upholding the equal rights of each citizen is the core of modern political thought or liberalism to which Strauss objected. Ultimately, Goldwin played a powerful role in the rise of the modern Republican Party.

Keywords:   Robert Goldwin, Straussianism, centralism, authoritarianism, executive power, equal rights, liberalism, Republican Party

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