Think­ing man

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“A true in­tel­lec­tual con­veys to the pub­lic new ideas on a wide range of sub­jects, un­earthing th­ese no­tions long be­fore most peo­ple do. That is the essence of No­bel lau­re­ate Friedrich von Hayek’s def­i­ni­tion of an in­tel­lec­tual. In his 1949 Univer­sity of Chicago Law Re­view es­say ‘The In­tel­lec­tu­als and So­cial­ism,’ Hayek also un­der­lined that for bet­ter or worse, in­tel­lec­tu­als are more im­por­tant than most peo­ple think. Af­ter all, they shape pub­lic opin­ion.

“Aus­trian econ­o­mist Hayek was one of Ron­ald Rea­gan’s fa­vorite thinkers. And Rea­gan, by Hayek’s def­i­ni­tion, was an in­tel­lec­tual. Rea­gan the in­tel­lec­tual? The book ‘Rea­gan, In His Own Hand’ (2001) an­swers that ques­tion. This vol­ume [. . .] con­tains 259 es­says Rea­gan wrote in his own hand, mainly scripts for his five-minute, five­day-a-week syn­di­cated ra­dio broad­casts in the late 1970s. They are awe-in­spir­ing in their breadth of sub­ject mat­ter. And they laid out the philo­soph­i­cal frame­work for his pres­i­dency. [. . .]

“No won­der Rea­gan al­ways ap­peared to be re­laxed and in con­trol. He had thought things through.”

— Steve H. Hanke, writ­ing on “Re­flec­tions on Rea­gan the In­tel­lec­tual,” in the Au­gust is­sue of Globe Asia

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