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  • "The Real Leo Strauss" - The Wacky Left and the Fiction of Neo-Con-ism

    01/29/2009 1:45:36 PM PST · by Tublecane · 3 replies · 310+ views
    The New York Times ^ | Thursday, January 29, 2009 | Jenny Strauss Clay
    The Real Leo Strauss By JENNY STRAUSS CLAY Published: June 7, 2003 Recent news articles have portrayed my father, Leo Strauss, as the mastermind behind the neoconservative ideologues who control United States foreign policy. He reaches out from his 30-year-old grave, we are told, to direct a ''cabal'' (a word with distinct anti-Semitic overtones) of Bush administration figures hoping to subject the American people to rule by a ruthless elite. I do not recognize the Leo Strauss presented in these articles. My father was not a politician. He taught political theory, primarily at the University of Chicago. He was a...
  • Democrats Target Pentagon Planning

    11/24/2003 3:19:36 PM PST · by Maria S · 8 replies · 581+ views
    Insight Magazine ^ | Nov. 24, 2003 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    The sordid tale now making the rounds in the "mainstream" press of a rogue Pentagon intelligence operation has all the elements of an urban legend: heavy breathing, a secret basement office "down by the ramp" and government officials who form a hidden alliance based on long-ago ties to an obscure but influential university guru. Only the work of a few good men with the courage to face up to this "cabal" - and a few crusader-journalists to help them - can make the demons scatter and scare the dark ones into the light. Or so the story goes on those...
  • Strauss Guides Sox From Grave

    10/27/2005 10:33:27 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 11 replies · 518+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | October 27, 2005
    The conservative Chicago theoretician was the source of Ozzie Guillen's baseball philosophy.
  • From Hegel to Wilson to Breyer (Liberal constitutional theory returns to its foreign roots)

    09/20/2005 4:24:04 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 5 replies · 791+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | September 20, 2005 | Paul Mirengoff & Scott Johnson
    GEORG HEGEL was a German philosopher of the early 19th century. Hegel believed that history unfolds through a "dialectical" process, in which each stage is the product of the contradictions inherent in the ideas that defined the preceding one. Within these tensions and contradictions, Hegel believed, the philosopher can discern a comprehensive, evolving, rational unity. He called that unity "the absolute idea." History consists of an inevitable and progressive march to that idea.Until recently it appeared that Marxism (which borrowed Hegel's dialectic but replaced "ideas" with economic systems and classes--hence "dialectical materialism") would represent Hegel's most enduring contribution to the...
  • Faulty Sources Isikoff & MSM previously used: Karen Kwiatkowski & Patrick Lang

    05/19/2005 5:55:33 AM PDT · by Matchett-PI · 51 replies · 3,790+ views
    NRO and Iraq News ^ | 5-17-05 | Michael Rubin
    Two items: [1] From Laurie Mylroie's "Iraq News" Newsletter - Tue, 17 May 2005 20:03:39 -0400 Subject: Michael Rubin, Prior Isikoff Use of Faulty Source From the list of Michael Rubin, previously at DoD and now at AEI (May 17, 2005): This was not the first time Michael Isikoff has used faulty or fabricated sources. In reporting the myth that Doug Feith’s office created its own intelligence unit, he relied on Karen Kwiatkowski, who associated with the Lyndon LaRouche movement. Kwiatkowski said on tape that she was Isikoff’s chief source. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s Report on the U.S....
  • Free Market Bolsheviks

    02/17/2005 8:25:07 AM PST · by gnosys · 5 replies · 334+ views
    2/17/05 | Peter Gaffney
    I'm surprised more Christians and others of deep religious conviction here in America aren't at least slightly put off by the philosophy of the Neoconservatives who are at the top of the current administration -- not Bush himself, who I believe is a man of genuine faith, but Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, etc. -- and in particular the view formulated by their mentor Leo Strauss that religion is a useful illusion which should be encouraged among the common people because it promotes social order and mitigates the corrupting influences of selfishness and materialism. (The leaders themselves don't need to believe in...
  • How Books Have Shaped U.S. Policy

    11/10/2004 8:37:08 AM PST · by HockeyPop · 13 replies · 1,190+ views
    The NY Times ^ | April 5, 2003 | Michiko Kakutani
    HEADLINE: CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK; How Books Have Shaped U.S. Policy BYLINE: By MICHIKO KAKUTANI BODY: President Bush has never been known as a bookworm. An instinctive politician who goes with his gut, he has usually left the heavy reading in the family to his wife, Laura, a former librarian. He is "often uncurious and as a result ill informed," his former speechwriter, David Frum, wrote in a memoir this year, adding that "conspicuous intelligence seemed actively unwelcome in the Bush White House." It is curious then that books by historians, philosophers and policy analysts have played a significant role in shaping...
  • IDEOLOGICAL IDIOCIES, book review: Intellectual Morons: Smart People Fall For Stupid Ideas

    11/01/2004 7:18:13 AM PST · by OESY · 7 replies · 731+ views
    New York Post ^ | October 31, 2004 | Michael J. New
    Daniel Flynn's "Intellectual Morons" serves as a clarion call warning about the dangers of ideology. Flynn won ders why so many public intellectuals embarrass themselves by promoting foolish theories and opinions. The reason is simple, most of these individuals have abandoned rational argument in favor of ideology. According to Flynn, this blind adherence to ideology has led many scholars and activists to embrace ideas that are, at best, foolish and, at worst, dangerous. Each chapter chronicles the background and debunks the ideas of a prominent public intellectual.... Flynn is at his best when dealing with public intellectuals who are famous...
  • TABLOID SCHOLARSHIP

    10/03/2004 7:30:13 PM PDT · by rmlew · 1 replies · 267+ views
    The New York Post ^ | October 3, 2004 | PETER BERKOWITZ
    THIS is not the book to read if you wish to learn about Leo Strauss, one of the 20th century's great students of the history of political philosophy, or about his influence on the shape of neoconservatism and thereby on the Bush administration's transformation of American foreign policy in response to the 9/11 attacks. Yet Norton's book — chock full of factual errors, personal smears and fatuous assertions — is valuable for what it tells you about the debasement of intellectual standards at our leading universities. Before page 20 in this peer-reviewed and Yale-editorial-board-approved book, one encounters numerous mistakes. Some...
  • Exposing intellectual morons (interview of author)

    09/29/2004 3:08:20 PM PDT · by OESY · 10 replies · 1,177+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | September 28, 2004 | Chris Banescu
    In his new book, Intellectual Morons, Daniel Flynn exposes the dangers of blindly following intellectual elites who support and promote idiotic ideas and theories. Chris Banescu, who recently wrote the review of the book, interviewed Flynn about the origins of the material and the impact its revelations will have on our culture. Chris Banescu: What inspired you to write this book? Daniel Flynn: My goal in writing Intellectual Morons is to get more people to think with their brain rather than their ideology. By exposing ideologically-inspired hoaxes and frauds, the book not only rebuts falsehood but helps immunize readers against...
  • Web of Conspiracies. False rumors go from fringe staff go mainstream-again and again.

    05/18/2004 7:03:21 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 49 replies · 1,502+ views
    NRO ^ | May 18, 2004, 8:36 a.m. | Michael Rubin
    On May 13, 2004, Senator Edward Kennedy berated Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz at the Senate Armed Services Committee, condemning "disaster after disaster" in U.S. Iraq policy. Well before the Abu Ghraib revelations, Kennedy has sought to transform Iraqi freedom from a philosophical and strategic issue into a partisan debate, without regard either to reality or result. On April 6, Kennedy called Iraq "George Bush's Vietnam." On March 5, 2004, Senator Edward Kennedy, speaking before the Council on Foreign Relations, took the president to task for allegedly exaggerating the threat posed by Iraq: "The evidence so far leads to...
  • Leo Strauss and American Foreign Policy

    07/14/2004 10:08:09 AM PDT · by diotima · 6 replies · 493+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | 7/12/04 | Thomas G. West
    Quite a few of President Bush's critics maintain that since some prominent members of the administration and their defenders are known to be former students of Leo Strauss or of Straussians, one can trace Bush's foreign policy to Strauss's political ideas. Straussians in Washington tend to be neoconservatives, and, in foreign policy, prominent neocons like William Kristol and Robert Kagan advocate a policy of "benevolent hegemony." In their argument, a benign American imperialism is justified for two reasons. First, it provides security against foreign attack; that is, it delivers "strategic benefits." But their real enthusiasm is reserved for its second...
  • Singer's Plague (A Princeton professor wows lefty Washington Bush-haters and baby-disposers)

    03/22/2004 11:02:25 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 286+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 3/22/2004 | Shawn Macomber
    Don’t Buy the BookSinger's Plague Calling Peter Singer controversial is of course, an understatement. Be that as it may, the controversial Princeton University professor of ethics packed a downtown D.C. bookstore Friday hawking his new book, The President of Good and Evil: The Ethics of George W. Bush (Dutton, 288 pages, $24.95). If the ethicist's reaction was any indicator, the event was less than a rousing success. This heavily Democrat crowd, weaned on the argumentation of Molly Ivins and Michael Moore, must have become so accustomed to any sentence with Bush's name in it ending with a punch line that,...
  • Devious Plot (Tim Robbins Play Blames Jews for Iraq War)

    03/10/2004 11:49:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies · 327+ views
    The New Republic ^ | 03.10.04 | Lawrence F. Kaplan
    One of my colleagues and I have a running bet: Who can find the dumbest reference to "neoconservatism"? Until last week, the honor was Tina Brown's. In a Washington Post piece last year, she recalled "the New Deal for which neocons of the '30s bitterly reviled FDR as 'that man'"--the problem, of course, being that "neocons" did not emerge until 30 years after FDR's death, and the movement's founders vigorously supported the New Deal. But, in a new play, Embedded (opening later this week at New York's Public Theater), film star and director Tim Robbins outdoes even Tina Brown. Embedded,...
  • Noble lies and perpetual war: Leo Strauss, the neo-cons, and Iraq < Nasty Neo-con Alert>

    11/21/2003 12:51:08 PM PST · by Helms · 31 replies · 276+ views
    Open Democracy ^ | 16 - 10 - 2003 | Danny Postel
    Noble lies and perpetual war: Leo Strauss, the neo-cons, and Iraq Danny Postel 16 - 10 - 2003 Are the ideas of the conservative political philosopher Leo Strauss a shaping influence on the Bush administration’s world outlook? Danny Postel interviews Shadia Drury – a leading scholarly critic of Strauss – and asks her about the connection between Plato’s dialogues, secrets and lies, and the United States-led war in Iraq. What was initially an anti-war argument is now a matter of public record. It is widely recognised that the Bush administration was not honest about the reasons it gave for invading...
  • WHAT WAS STRAUSS UP TO?

    11/10/2003 5:30:35 PM PST · by Cosmo · 1 replies · 254+ views
    The Public Interest ^ | Fall, 2003 | Steven Lenzner and William Kristol
    The only way to begin to understand Leo Strauss’s political thought is by studying his writings. This may seem a simple rule of common sense. Yet a glance at the current controversy over Strauss’s supposed influence on contemporary American politics and foreign policy suggests that this rule is easily ignored. The controversy turns on a legitimate question: “What was Strauss up to?” - or, more precisely, “What was Strauss’s intention?” But it would be misleading to attempt to understand Strauss by ascribing to him an influence, whether beneficial or nefarious, on current policy debates, and then inferring from the alleged...
  • Check source of Bush's political philosophy

    10/27/2003 12:34:06 PM PST · by ShandaLear · 26 replies · 371+ views
    Seattle Post Intellegencer ^ | 10/27/2003 | Richard Curtis
    Bonnie Erbe's column "Playing into the radicals' hands" is onto something, but seemed not to make it explicit. Writing about the seemingly paranoid delusional behavior of Lt. Gen. William Boykin, she wrote, "Boykin's remarks seemed almost designed to stir up the very radicals the president is trying to quiet down." The flaw here is the assumption that because the president says he is fighting a war on terrorism, his goal is actually to reduce the incidence of terrorism in the world. That assumption is completely flawed. Bush's political ideology comes from a philosopher named Leo Strauss. Bush has said he...
  • Leo-Cons {Ron Smith reports on the "why of"}

    10/25/2003 5:54:31 AM PDT · by George Frm Br00klyn Park · 11 replies · 202+ views
    WBAL / Radio - AM 1090 Baltimore ^ | Friday, October 24, 2003 | Ron Smith
    Ron Smith's "Something to Say" Commentary Weekdays at 6:50AM | rsmith@wbal.com | Ron Smith Show Page Leo-ConsFriday, October 24, 2003    Ron Smith's Something to Say          Have you noticed that one is not supposed to say “neocon” any more? It’s suddenly a dirty word because to use it as identification for a particular school of political thought is said to be “anti-Semitic,” apparently because so many prominent new conservatives are Jewish.           They’re proud of that privately, but since the Iraq adventure has not gone as smoothly as they told us it would, they’d rather not accept public responsibility for...
  • Noble lies and perpetual war: Leo Strauss, the neo-cons, and Iraq

    10/22/2003 8:00:37 AM PDT · by A. Pole · 10 replies · 330+ views
    openDemocracy ^ | 10-16-2003 | Danny Postel
    Are the ideas of the conservative political philosopher Leo Strauss a shaping influence on the Bush administration’s world outlook? Danny Postel interviews Shadia Drury – a leading scholarly critic of Strauss – and asks her about the connection between Plato’s dialogues, secrets and lies, and the United States-led war in Iraq. What was initially an anti-war argument is now a matter of public record. It is widely recognised that the Bush administration was not honest about the reasons it gave for invading Iraq. Paul Wolfowitz, the influential United States deputy secretary of defense, has acknowledged that the evidence used to...
  • What Hath Strauss Wrought? Misreading a political philosopher.

    10/20/2003 10:49:22 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 42 replies · 207+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 06/02/2003, Volume 008, Issue 37 | Peter Berkowitz
    THE NEW YORK TIMES, the New Yorker, and the Boston Globe, among others, have sounded the alarm: The Bush administration, particularly its foreign policy team, is in the grip of a coterie of neoconservative intellectuals who are themselves in the grip of the antidemocratic and illiberal teachings of Leo Strauss, a political philosopher who taught at the University of Chicago in the '50s and '60s and who died in 1973. On its face, this scenario is wildly implausible. It supposes that President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Secretary of State Powell, Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, and National Security Adviser Rice, non-Straussians...
  • Administration tilts at windmills with its misadventure in Iraq (<i><b>BARF ALERT!!!</i></b>)

    07/19/2003 7:10:06 PM PDT · by Carthago delenda est · 14 replies · 422+ views
    Newsday ^ | July 18, 2003 | James P. Pinkerton
    One day, this Iraq War will be thought of as the Intellectuals' War. That is, it was a war conceived of by people who possessed more books than common sense, let alone actual military experience. Disregarding prudence, precedent and honesty, they went off - or, more precisely, sent others off - tilting at windmills in Iraq, chasing after illusions of Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction and false hope about Iraqi enthusiasm for Americanism, and hoping that reality would somehow catch up with their theory. The problem, of course, is that wars are more about bloodletting than book-learning. Tilting at...
  • Why radical Islam might defeat the West

    07/07/2003 6:08:40 AM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 27 replies · 245+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 07.08.03 | Spengler
    Why radical Islam might defeat the West "Does Spengler know, for instance, that in the last century 2,000 distinct ethnic groups have gone extinct?" Eric Garrett asks in his June 12 riposte, A question of identity, to an earlier article of mine, Neo-cons in a religious bind. Garrett's organization, the World Conservation Union, is devoted to preserving fragile cultures. As a matter of fact, I reported in this space that in the next decade, yet another 2,000 distinct ethnic groups would go extinct (Live and Let Die of April 13, 2002). Ignore the endangered Ewoks for a moment, Mr Garrett,...
  • 'Straussians' In the News; the World Trembles (I) (The bete noir of liberals and paleo-cons)

    06/17/2003 7:47:42 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 11 replies · 555+ views
    The National Post ^ | June 16, 2003 | Clifford Orwin
    Why not blame the war on a sinister clique which has duped the public and even the President? Hardly a day passes now when I don't wake up to read about myself in the papers. I've become one of the hottest topics in journalism. In European, American and even Canadian newspapers, the articles proliferate. The world continues prostrate in awe or rage toward the "Straussian" legions who allegedly control American foreign policy and brought us the war against Saddam. The "Straussians," c'est moi. True, unlike my friends in the Bush administration, I just belong to the academic wing of our...
  • Joining LaRouche In the Fever Swamps

    06/08/2003 9:04:30 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 10 replies · 279+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 06/09/03 | ROBERT L. BARTLEY
    <p>The New York Times and The New Yorker go off the deep end.</p> <p>"Just weeks after the LaRouche in 2004 campaign began nationwide circulation of 400,000 copies of the Children of Satan dossier, exposing the role of University of Chicago fascist 'philosopher' Leo Strauss as the godfather of the neo-conservative war party in and around the Bush Administration, two major establishment publications have joined the exposé."</p>
  • Hands up, Straussians!-If all values are relative, then cannibalism is a matter of taste

    06/06/2003 2:20:10 PM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies · 186+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6-5-03 | Bret Stephens
    If all values are relative, then cannibalism is a matter of taste Leo Strauss Leo Strauss about whom you've probably never heard has been dead for 30 years. You've probably never heard of him because he was a sickly and obscure professor of political philosophy at the University of Chicago who wrote Xenophon's Socratic Dialogues, The Political Philosophy of Thomas Hobbes, The City and Man, and other volumes that now mostly gather dust in library stacks. And even if you have heard of him, you've almost certainly never read him, because his fixations were abstruse and his prose was dense,...
  • The Strategist and the Philosopher: Leo Strauss and Albert Wohlstetter (Le Monde on Neo-Cons)

    06/03/2003 3:44:38 PM PDT · by Stultis · 19 replies · 2,937+ views
    Translation from CounterPunch.org ^ | 4 April 2003 | ALAIN FRACHON and DANIEL VERNET
    The Strategist and the Philosopher Leo Strauss and Albert Wohlstetter By ALAIN FRACHON and DANIEL VERNET Translated for CounterPunch by Norman Madarasz. Who are the neoconservatives playing a vital role in the US president's choices by the side of Christian fundamentalists? And who were their master thinkers, Albert Wohlstetter and Leo Strauss? It was said in the tone of sincere praise: "You are some of our country's best brains". So good, added George W. Bush, "that my government employs around twenty of you." The president was addressing the American Enterprise Institute in Washington DC on February 23 (quote from an...
  • Yale in an Uproar as Professor Accuses Jewish Students

    05/29/2003 5:52:16 AM PDT · by Greg Luzinski · 67 replies · 584+ views
    New York Sun ^ | 5/28/03 | James Kirchick
    An e-mail sent by a Yale professor naming Jewish students from an Israel advocacy group as a "pro-war cabal" has caused an uproar at the elite Ivy League university. Students charge that listing the Jewish names was anti-Semitic; many claim they are outspoken opponents of the war against Iraq. "Just to insinuate that people who espouse pro-Israel views at Yale are automatically complicit in promoting the war is ridiculous and offensive," said Nelson Moussazadeh, co-president of Yale Friends of Israel. The e-mail, sent Saturday by an associate professor of genetics, Mazin Qumsiyeh, to the several hundred members of Yale’s anti-war...
  • What Hath Strauss Wrought? Misreading a political philosopher (Re: Paleocon/lib nitwittery!)

    05/25/2003 6:27:16 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 14 replies · 179+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | June 2, 2003 | Peter Berkowitz
    The New York Times, the New Yorker, and the Boston Globe, among others, have sounded the alarm: The Bush administration, particularly its foreign policy team, is in the grip of a coterie of neoconservative intellectuals who are themselves in the grip of the antidemocratic and illiberal teachings of Leo Strauss, a political philosopher who taught at the University of Chicago in the '50s and '60s and who died in 1973. On its face, this scenario is wildly implausible. It supposes that President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Secretary of State Powell, Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, and National Security Adviser Rice, non-Straussians...
  • Leo Lincoln: Why the Straussians love Abe Lincoln

    05/23/2003 1:15:02 PM PDT · by GOPcapitalist · 148 replies · 1,187+ views
    lrc ^ | 5/22 | Thomas DiLorenzo
    Ever since the New York Times published a long article explaining that most of the architects of the Bush foreign policy are "Straussians," more and more journalists have been asking the question, "What the heck is a Straussian?" A number of common principles have emerged after these writers have examined the writings of Leo Strauss, the godfather of neoconservativism. Straussian Principle #1 is the perversion of the idea of natural rights, as understood by John Locke and the American founding fathers. The natural law tradition holds that man possesses natural rights to life, liberty, and property and that the state...
  • The secret that Leo Strauss never revealed

    05/12/2003 9:05:10 AM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 11 replies · 441+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 5.13.03 | SPENGLER
    The secret that Leo Strauss never revealed No sillier allegation has found its way into mass-circulation newspapers than the notion that a conspiracy of Leo Strauss acolytes has infiltrated the Bush administration. Supposedly Defense Undersecretary Paul Wolfowitz, a Strauss doctoral student, and other lesser-known officials form a neo-conservative cabal practicing some sort of political black arts. If anything, the Straussians are dangerous not because they are Machiavellian but because they are naive. First of all, there is no Straussian conspiracy, for the simple reason that no two Straussians agree about what Leo Strauss (1899-1973) really meant to say during his...
  • Leo Strauss, Conservative Mastermind

    05/11/2003 12:28:05 PM PDT · by Tarsk · 27 replies · 1,421+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | May 31, 2002 | May 31, 2002
    Leo Strauss, Conservative Mastermind By Robert Locke FrontPageMagazine.com | May 31, 2002 IN CONTEMPORARY American intellectual life, there is only one school of conservative intellectuals that has taken root in academia as a movement. They are the Straussians, followers of the late Leo Strauss (1899-1973). The hostile New Republic referred to Straussians as "one of the top ten gangs of the millennium." Strauss is an ambiguous, sometimes even troubling, figure, but he is essential to the conservative revival of our time and he offers the intellectual depth we are so desperately in need of. As a crude measure of his...
  • The Philosopher of Neoconservatives

    05/11/2003 6:43:44 AM PDT · by A. Pole · 117 replies · 2,443+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 5/11/2003 | Jeet Heer
    <p>The late Leo Strauss has emerged as the thinker of the moment in Washington, but his ideas remain mysterious. Was he an ardent opponent of tyranny, or an apologist for the abuse of power?</p> <p>ODD AS THIS MAY SOUND, we live in a world increasingly shaped by Leo Strauss, a controversial philosopher who died in 1973. Although generally unknown to the wider population, Strauss has been one of the two or three most important intellectual influences on the conservative worldview now ascendant in George W. Bush's Washington. Eager to get the lowdown on White House thinking, editors at the New York Times and Le Monde have had journalists pore over Strauss's work and trace his disciples' affiliations. The New Yorker has even found a contingent of Straussians doing intelligence work for the Pentagon.</p>
  • Neocons dance a Strauss waltz....The New Liberal Mantra?

    05/09/2003 4:56:54 PM PDT · by woofie · 17 replies · 1,165+ views
    Asia Times ^ | May 9 o3 | Jim Lobe
    WASHINGTON - Is United States foreign policy being run by followers of an obscure German Jewish political philosopher whose views were elitist, amoral and hostile to democratic government? Suddenly, political Washington is abuzz about Leo Strauss, who arrived in the US in 1938 and taught at several major universities before his death in 1973. Following recent articles in the US press, and as reported in Asia Times Online This war is brought to you by ... in March, the cognoscenti are becoming aware that key neoconservative strategists behind the Bush administration's aggressive foreign and military policy consider themselves to be...
  • Classicist's Legacy: New Empire Builders

    05/06/2003 6:11:21 AM PDT · by Valin · 20 replies · 191+ views
    NY Times ^ | 5/4/03 | JAMES ATLAS
    All right, so weapons of mass destruction haven't yet been found in Iraq. And no firm link has been established between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda. So what was the war in Iraq about, then? According to one school of thought, our most recent military adventure turns out to have been nothing less than a defense of Western civilization — as interpreted by the late classicist and political philosopher Leo Strauss. If this chain of events seems implausible, consider the tribute President Bush paid in February to the cohort of journalists, political philosophers and policy wonks known — primarily to...