Thursday, May 10, 2012

Messiah Complex

[Leo] Strauss and his followers have always been more concerned with practical questions about contemporary politics than with intellectual history or complex philosophical questions. Their primary purpose, which allies the neoconservatives with them, is to develop an abstract legend of American politics that supports a moderate welfare state domestically and a quasi-messianic internationalism in foreign policy.

~ Kenneth McIntyre on "The Right's False Prophet"

1 comment:

wyclif said...

I appreciate "Persecution and the Art of Writing", particularly in relation to Biblical studies and source criticism, but other than that Strauss never made much of a dent on me. If I were going to rate his two best books, I'd choose the above and "Natural Right and History."