“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