Devine explains that Ronald Reagan was highly influenced by three intellectuals; Friedrich Hayek, William F. Buckley, and Frank Meyer. Hayek provided the western world with the first serious challenge to progressivism, which led to the development of intellectuals like Buckley and Meyer.
“The problem is that both [political] parties have been captured by progressivism”, says Devine. They both want to rely on the opinions of the “experts”, whoever they are, and not stand on principles.
Ronald Reagan’s presidency was really the first sign of a descent from the progressive era, and Devine regards Reagan as a “serious, deep, and thoughtful” man. Devine suggests that we demand ALL of our elected officials be deep and thoughtful people who are well-educated in the issues. They should all “know what’s going on the world”, meaning they should understand what’s really going on and not just rely on the flippant opinions of others.
It’s not possible to expect that every American will be conscious and well-read in politics, but it’s important that at least a critical mass be that way. And as conservatives, we need to school ourselves so that we are well-versed and know what’s going on in the world.
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