Harry V. Jaffa

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Harry V. Jaffa is a Distinguished Fellow of the Claremont Institute, and Professsor Emeritus of Government at Claremont McKenna College and the Claremont Graduate School.[1]

According to Shadia Drury, Jaffa employed a doctrine of 'Natural Right' influenced by Leo Strauss to defend Oliver North's role in the Iran-Contra Affair:

Jaffa clearly believes that devious and illegal methods are justified when those in power are convinced of the rightness of their ends. In this way, Jaffa combines the anarchic risks of the natural law docrtrine and its high-minded moral appeal with more than a dash of political Machiavellianism.[2]

External Resources


  1. Harry V. Jaffa, Claremont Institute, accessed 3 September 2009.
  2. Shadia B. Drury, Leo Strauss and the American Right, St Martin's Press, 1999, p.106.