This week on Uncommon Knowledge, Steven Hayward and his magnificent new volume, The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counterrevolution 1980-1989. A frequent contributor to this happy Corner and a fellow of both the American Enterprise Institute and the Pacific Research Institute, Dr. Hayward begins by discussing the original candidate of “hope” and “change.”
Reagan was fundamentally an optimist about what the United States could achieve and the durability of our institutions. Reagan embraced change. Here was a person who was a defender of tradition, a defender of family values, but could also embrace change. Things like the Silicon Valley revolution, which began under his presidency, would not have surprised him at all. He would have embraced the internet.