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Saturday, May 10, 2003

neo's matrix

"Strauss also emphasized that one of the great errors of modernity was the faith that human beings could, through an assertion of will, overcome nature and fortune; Strauss, while far from existentialism in most ways, shared in its insistence on human limitation. Strauss might therefore believe that the war on Iraq was morally justified – and I doubt he’d have had that much patience for talk of the legal authority of the UN – and the term ‘regime change’ might have been music to his ears, with it’s invocation of classical theories concerning the nature of regimes. However, I think Strauss would’ve been rather more cautious than some contemporary neo-con publicists. But this is, perhaps, the difference between a philosopher, and intellectuals or would-be statesmen."

via matt yglesias