To the Editor:
Charles R. Kesler’s review of Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton is interesting for its echoes of modern American society [Books in Review, November 2004]. But Mr. Kesler does not mention one of the great ironies related to modern views of the founders.
Hamilton has traditionally been associated with the Right because of his leaning toward the efficiencies of executive power, his distrust of popular rule, and his opposition to Thomas Jefferson. Today, however, it is the traditional champions of Thomas Jefferson—the “liberal” Left in America—that show the greatest distrust of the people while pretending to act in their name with an increasingly statist approach to government.