Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Re: [political-research] Re: Will the White House Moron Bring On Armageddon? - by Paul Craig Roberts

It amazes me that you defend Leo Strauss, who has managed to spawn some of the most vile monsters in the history of American politics. Leo Strauss's anti-democratic ideology and program have been accurately described by numerous reputable scholars and thinkers, like Jim Lobe.

Leo Strauss is so alien to the fundamental values of the American Founding Fathers, like Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine, that he might just as well live on another planet. He came out of the same ideological matrix which produced the worst excesses of Communism and Nazism. He is a quintessential authoritarian/totalitarian personality type. Fuck Leo Strauss and the horse he rode in on. Straussians are destroying the country I love.

Paul Craig Roberts, who wrote this essay, is one of the most articulate spokespersons for the core American tradition, and he been one of the bravest opponents of the con artists who tricked Americans into the Iraq War.

LeaNder <l.l.hahn@web.de> wrote:

> <http://www.antiwar.com/roberts/?articleid=9127>
> Excerpt:
> The neoconservatives could not care less about public opinion.
Neocons are contemptuous of the American people. Leo Strauss taught
neocons that it was their duty to deceive the clueless American people
in order to implement their agenda of global domination. The neocons
believe that they have a perfect right, even the obligation, to
manipulate the public through propaganda and black ops in order to
create acceptance and support for their wars of aggression.

Amazing how Leo Strauss has been turned into a scapegoat in this
debate. This is not necessarily a new feature in public debates. But
it makes matters not more true if the are repeated over and over
again. I notice that the misuse of Leo Strauss for me has turned into
a signal that makes me hesitant about the rest:

Excerpt: Reading Leo Strauss, Steven B. Smith


Why Strauss, Why Now?


What Is a Straussian?

Once when I was in graduate school, at a party where there was
probably way too much to drink, a friend of mine?now by coincidence a
prominent attorney in New Haven?was asked if he was a Straussian. "If
you mean by that do I regard everything that Leo Strauss ever wrote as
true," he replied, "then, yes, I am a Straussian." We all laughed
because my friend's answer so perfectly captured and parodied the
common view of Straussianism. The question, am I a Straussian, is
something I have been asked on more than one occasion over the years.
Sometimes the question seems prompted by nothing more than the idle
desire to know what Straussianism means. At other times it has the
vague character of an "are you now or have you ever been . . ." kind
of accusation. In any case the question has caused me to think about
what it is to be a Straussian.


Careful Readers and Careful Writers



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