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By Shadia B. Drury

Now in paperback, this ebook explores the political considered Leo Strauss, a thinker such a lot famous for enjoying a key function in neoconservative notion in the USA. Drury explores Strauss's notion and its position in American politics, exposing what she argues are the elitist, approximately authoritarian lines inside it and those that stick with it. A polemic opposed to Strauss and his fans, the unique version has gained Drury little friendship from the neoconservative camp and this revised variation with a brand new creation is certain to proceed the debate between political theorists.

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But this is not always possible. For example, the overwhelming majority of Pakistanis believe that Osama bin Laden is a hero and George W. Bush is a villain. As long as this sentiment prevails, America's democratic principles are bound to come into conflict with her interests. It is certainly not in America's interest to topple the military dictatorship of President Pervez Musharraf and insist on free elections in Pakistan. The conflict between American interests and ideals has manifested itself in the invasion of Iraq.

The title of the book is rather misleading because Strauss is mentioned only in passing throughout the book, which is full of gossip about Strauss and the Straussians, but no analysis or philosophical engagement with Strauss's work. The whole point of the book is to distance Strauss from the belligerent political Straussians in the Bush administration, whom she claims were trained by Allan Bloom - the real villain in her story. The book contains no notes, references, or bibliography to back up any of her claims.

It tells us that this is the way the world is, and this is how it will always be: it will always be characterized by groups pitted against one another in hatred and enmity. In contrast, the idealism of Kant is historical and progressive. It tells us that the spread of enlightenment will result in a triumph of the Western ideals of reason, freedom, science, commerce, law, and republican government. This spread of Western values will in turn lead to the homogenization of the world and the end of the state of war of all against all.

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