By Nicholas Xenos

It is now ordinarily stated that a number of key avid gamers in and round the Bush administration’s making plans of the Iraq invasion have been hooked up via a standard heritage within the political philosophy of Leo Strauss, a German-born collage of Chicago professor who died in 1973. those Straussian "neocons" have been held chargeable for exploiting the September eleventh assaults with the intention to additional their very own overseas coverage time table. Cloaked in Virtue is the 1st e-book to take a serious view of the political principles of Leo Strauss himself by means of cautious awareness to his personal writings earlier than and after his emigration to the us. the result's a serious exam of the political concept of Leo Strauss, lifting the veil of intentional obfuscation, and its impression at the neoconservative overseas coverage of the George W. Bush management.

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A condition of freedom of thought, in which the many choose between ideas presented to them by the government or public intellectuals; 2. a condition of the repression of freedom of thought by the restriction of ideas to one dominant one; and 3. the situation of true philosophers, who exist independently of either of the preceding conditions. The crucial distinction here is that between freedom of thought and independent thought. Those who are capable of independent thought are indifferent to the specific political society to which they belong, forming instead an elite society of their own.

They are the Freemasons of intellect. The notion of writing between the lines presumes, on the one hand, a reader able to read between them, and, on the other, a greater number of those who cannot. “The fact which makes this literature possible,” Strauss asserts, “can be expressed in the axiom that thoughtless men are careless readers, and only thoughtful men are careful readers” (PAW, 25). And while esoteric texts require careful readers, careful writers must compose them. Esoteric writing is an art, and one of an exceptionally high order.

45 What this means is that we must suspend our prejudice and return to “old books” in order to rediscover the “fundamental questions” that our age has either prematurely dismissed or obfuscated. ” We will return to this notion of the second cave in a subsequent chapter. ” This is the esotericism noted by Bellow’s narrator in Ravelstein. The concept does not mean that a writer might write differently for different readers in different writings, but rather that a single text might be constructed in such a way as to be read differently by different readers.

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