Leo Strauss and the Politics of American Empire

By Anne Norton

The teachings of political theorist Leo Strauss (1899–1973) have lately bought new cognizance, as political observers became conscious of the impression Strauss’s scholars have had in shaping conservative agendas of the Bush administration—including the struggle on Iraq. This provocative publication examines Strauss’s rules and the ways that they've been appropriated, or misappropriated, by means of senior policymakers.

Anne Norton, a political theorist proficient by way of a few of Strauss’s most famed scholars, is definitely outfitted to write down on Strauss and Straussians. She tells 3 interwoven narratives: the tale of Leo Strauss, a Jewish German-born émigré, who carried ecu philosophy right into a new international; the tale of the philosophic lineage that got here from Leo Strauss; and the tale of ways the US has been made an ethical battleground by means of the likes of Paul Wolfowitz, Leon Kass, Carnes Lord, and Irving Kristol—Straussian conservatives dedicated to an American imperialism they suspect will herald a brand new global order.

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