PAUL WOLFOWITZ AND LEO STRAUSS

❄ GW PAUL WOLFOWITZ AND LEO STRAUSS

William Pfaff’s International Herald Tribune column “The Long Reach of Leo Strauss”, subtitled ‘Neoconservatives’, makes the case that Paul Wolfowitz’s political dispositions can be traced to the influence of political philospher Leo Strauss. Wolfowitz took his doctorate at the University of Chicago under Strauss’ direction. Strauss died in 1973.

Pfaff provides a germane thumbnail of Strauss’ views:

The ostensibly hidden truth is that expediency works; there is no certain God to punish wrongdoing; and virtue is unattainable by most people. Machiavelli was right. There is a natural hierarchy of humans, and rulers must restrict free inquiry and exploit the mediocrity and vice of ordinary people so as to keep society in order.

This is obviously a bleak and anti-utopian philosophy that goes against practically everything Americans want to believe. [Note 1]

Strauss’ thought is of public interest, Pfaff concludes, because “his followers are in charge of U.S. foreign policy. But he is more interesting than they are.”


NOTES

[Note 1] William Pfaff, column, “The Long Reach of Leo Strauss”, International Herald Tribune, 15 May 2003. http://www.iht.com/articles/96307.html

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