In the United States, the Republicans in the school of democratic regression

Analyze. In the United States House of Representatives, the commission of inquiry into the assault launched against the Capitol on January 6, 2021, continued its work as the midterm elections approached, on Tuesday, November 8. These investigations are under the responsibility of Donald Trump and his entourage dans ces événements survenus au moment où les parlementaires certifiaient les résultats de la présidentielle de 2020. Cette enquête ne pèse cependant pas bien lourd dans la campaign en vue des midterms du tuesday 8 november While 71% of Americans believe that democracy is in danger, the economy remains their number one concern, according to a survey published by the New York Times in July. Nonetheless, the hearings shed light on the role played by certain intellectuals in supporting Trumpism.

Among the latter, the one who is considered the architect of the day of January 6: John Eastman. This jurist and former law professor wrote the plan that Donald Trump wanted to implement to prevent Joe Biden from being president. This worthless legal scaffolding made Vice President Mike Pence the lynchpin in allowing the billionaire to remain in the White House.

Through John Eastman, Americans discovered the influence gained under Trump by a little-known think tank. In fact, the lawyer is a researcher at the Claremont Institute. This think tank, located in the suburbs of Los Angeles, employs several thinkers who, like John Eastman, spread hate speech, insurrectional and strongly imbued with authoritarianism. Until recently, the Claremont Institute was respected within the conservative establishment. Their radicalization, through the adoption of illiberal and intolerant positions, shows the extent to which certain American intellectual elites allow themselves to be seduced by democratic regression.

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The Claremont Institute was founded in 1979 by Harry Jaffa (1918-2015), a brilliant intellectual who could be uncompromising. It is he who would have inspired Barry Goldwater, Republican presidential candidate in 1964, a lapidary formula: “Extremism in defense of freedom is not a vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is not a virtue. » Barry Goldwater, who was backed by the most radical wing of the party, was speaking at the Republican convention at the time. With these two sentences he put an end to a securitarian and warmongering speech. But Harry Jaffa is a character who is not limited to this formula. He is also the author of a highly acclaimed work on Abraham Lincoln, the visionary president who abolished slavery in 1865. A disciple of the philosopher Leo Strauss (1899-1973), a leading figure of neoconservatism, Jaffa is the initiator of the current West Coast Straussians.

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