Saturday, April 30, 2005

Look out, Straussians about

Billmon has a good post/review on Shadia Drury’s book: Leo Strauss and the American Right;

The rationale – or rationalization – for the populist ploy is that the common folk are a hell of a lot less liberal (again, using the Enlightenment definition of the word) than what the Straussians like to call America’s “parchment regime” – that is, the ideas and principles enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. The masses want their opium, in other words, and with the right guidance, will happily sweep away the liberal elites who have been denying it to them.

As Mykeru has been posting on, with all this chit-chat about ripping up the "parchment", it seems like a good time to sort your fightin' tools. Me? I don't think so. Won my last fight by a hundred metres.