...the general history of the Western civilization, particularly Western thought from 17th or the 18th century to the 20th or 21st century, looks upon it in the light of the idea of progress. And Darwinism gave a great boost to the idea of progress. And the Constitution -- the people who believe in a living Constitution are basically neo-Darwinians because they say we're moving higher and higher. We know that slavery was wrong; they didn't know it. We know that capital punishment is wrong; they didn't know it. And so the idea of the combination of Hegel and Darwin created a -- whose roots, by the way, are in Rousseau, which I've said a lot about. Calhoun was a neo- [inaudible], but he was more so a disciple of Rousseau.
Jaffa is a student of Leo Strauss and is virulently opposed to Hegelian philosophy.
Also of interest, by the way, is Jaffa's 'naming the names' of Progressive-ites. You all know that Teddy Roosevelt and the execrable O. Wendell Holmes were two of the early ones, along with Wilson. Then came FDR.
But the most surprising ones? Bill Rehnquist and Antonin Scalia....
(Hewitt's site is extremely frustrating, but if one of you knows how to find transcripts or audio of the Jaffa interview, feel free to post it in the combox.)
Added: Coulter re-inforces Jaffa's point:
It has become fashionable to equate the French and American revolutions, but they share absolutely nothing beyond the word “revolution.” The American Revolution was a movement based on ideas, painstakingly argued by serious men in the process of creating what would become the freest, most prosperous nation in world history.
She would have done better to write "God-less"--but as we all know, she's not perfect.