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Friday, February 17

It's Fascist Friday

Today's reading is Leo Strauss' Philosophy of Deception by Jim Lobe at AlterNet.org. Strauss was a German Jewish Professor/Philosopher who taught at US Universities in the 20th Century. Ethical people won't like this man.

Excerpts:
Rule One: Deception
"...Strauss believed that societies should be hierarchical – divided between an elite who should lead, and the masses who should follow. But unlike fellow elitists like Plato, he was less concerned with the moral character of these leaders."

"...This dichotomy requires "perpetual deception" between the rulers and the ruled..."

Second Principle: Power of Religion
"...Irving Kristol has long argued for a much greater role for religion in the public sphere, even suggesting that the Founding Fathers of the American Republic made a major mistake by insisting on the separation of church and state. And why? Because Strauss viewed religion as absolutely essential in order to impose moral law on the masses who otherwise would be out of control."

Third Principle: Aggressive Nationalism
"Because mankind is intrinsically wicked, he has to be governed," he once wrote. "Such governance can only be established, however, when men are united – and they can only be united against other people."
"Perpetual war, not perpetual peace, is what Straussians believe in."

The whole article isn't very long and it's a good description of Straussian influences in America specifically.

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