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Re: Paul Gottfried’s article Leo Strauss, Immigration, And Israel
From: Ken Masugi [Email him]
Regarding Paul Gottfried's claim that neither Leo Strauss nor "his better known disciples" have written on immigration, he might have noted that the Claremont Institute and Rowman & Littlefield published (2007) a "Straussian" set of essays on immigration by Thomas G. West, John Marini, and Edward J. Erler. [The Founders on Citizenship and Immigration: Principles and Challenges in America ]
In arguing for the Declaration of Independence's standards of citizenship,
All three students of Harry Jaffa and Leo Strauss apply their teachers' study of natural right to this uniquely American political challenge.
I would also note attorney-scholar John Eastman's legal arguments against birthright citizenship. Contrary to Professor Gottfried, the Declaration of Independence makes us tougher Americans, not propositional pansies.
Ken Masugi teaches at Johns Hopkins. His writings can be seen online at both Ashbrook and Claremont.