The Arabist

The Arabist

By Issandr El Amrani and friends.

Xenos on Strauss

Nicholas Xenos has the best article I've seen on the Straussians so far. Scary stuff, which explains a lot.

The Straussian network is really an amazing thing. Any political theorist or anyone who has been around political science departments has seen it at work. Long before attaining public attention, the Straussians were often ridiculed for their cult-like qualities: they speak and write the same way, they write the same books on the same themes over and over again, they dress alike, they are almost all men, they went to the same schools—those sorts of things. It thus comes as a shock to discover that Leo Strauss may turn out to be the most influential political theorist of the last fifty years in the United States with respect to the exercise of political power.

Read and ponder.