America’s favorite Straussian, Mr. Fukuyama, can be depended upon to hit the high spots of the perennial Political Moralizing that infects the hectoring rhetoric of the Right. His concern for the ‘poor’ the ‘underclass’ finds the perfect opportunity, to demonstrate his status as a Big Thinker with a wide ranging concern for the whole of the American Community. But compare this book review with this essay from the American Interest of December 2013 portentously titled the Decay of American Political Institutions. The point of this essay is an all out attack on the melorist politics of the 20th Century, beginning with Teddy Roosevelt:
Be patient with Mr. Fukuyama’s verbosity, his status as a Big Thinker renders the virtues of brevity and concision null. A reader might just ruminate on the question: of what relevance is the Straussian imperative of esoteric reading of texts philosophical and otherwise? What weight should we, might we, attach to this essay written for the popular press?
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