Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Straussianism before Strauss

Or at least part of it. 

Joseph is always a annoyed when I bring up Strauss, usually commenting that I use the name of a speific movement when I'm really talking about a larger set of ideas that have been around at least since Socrates and Plato. 

Joseph knows far more about history than I do, which may be why I am so frequently surprised by bits of information that strike him as common knowledge. This passage fromhad  Arthur M. Schlesinger's the Age of Jackson might be an example. For lots of people reading this, Schlesinger's comments might be familiar territory, but I had no idea this aspect of American conservatism went back that long.


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