By Shadia B. Drury
Now in paperback, this ebook explores the political considered Leo Strauss, a thinker such a lot famous for taking part in a key function in neoconservative notion in the US. Drury explores Strauss's idea and its function in American politics, exposing what she argues are the elitist, approximately authoritarian traces inside it and those that stick with it. A polemic opposed to Strauss and his fans, the unique version has gained Drury little friendship from the neoconservative camp and this revised version with a brand new advent is certain to proceed the talk between political theorists.
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And they believed that those who are so different could not possibly live by the same rules. What was appropriate for Gulliver was not appropriate for the Lilliputians. They thought that Jonathan Swift's tale was a justification of differential standards that exempt the superior from the rules that apply to others. There is . one standard for the superior and another for the inferior. And this is not just the way things are, but the way they are meant to be for the good of the world. In his article on Swift, reprinted in Giants and Dwarfs, Bloom argued that the benefit bestowed on the Lilliputians due to Gulliver's immoral conduct is proof that the superior are exempt from the rules that apply to all others.
Needless to say this is an endless task. But Huntington and the neoconservatives are not deterred, because endless war is the solution to the conflict at the heart of capitalism - the conflict Straussians in Power li between the Protestant ethic on one hand, and wealth and leisure on the other. Perpetual war may save America from the depravity and decay to which wealth makes her vulnerable. The war effort will consume the wealth that supposedly threatens America's soul. There is a colossal failure of the imagination in this fear of wealth, happiness, and prosperity.
It is easy to see how this sort of thinking can get out of hand. The same sentiment was echoed by Harry Jaffa when he said that America is the Zion that will light up the world. The speeches of President George W. Bush radiate with the exceptionalism and religious self-righteousness of the neoconservatives. His language is filled with references to God, Satan, and the axis of evil. America is God's country; God is on her side; and her enemies are on the side of Satan. By conquering all her enemies, she will conquer evil.