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5/27/2004

Washington Monthly on Strauss

"Con Tract" by Laura Rozen: "Critics also point to passages in Strauss's own writings which they say countenance deception, even against the public, if committed by the select few who are wise enough to truly understand the national interest. Whether Strauss himself actually advocated this view is debatable; Shulsky and Schmitt don't make the argument in their essay. But they do credit their mentor with an acceptance of the inevitability of deception that seems, in retrospect, rather suggestive. 'Strauss's view certainly alerts one to the possibility that political life may be closely linked to deception,' the authors write. 'Indeed, it suggests that deception is the norm in political life, and the hope, to say nothing of the expectation, of establishing a politics that can dispense with it is the exception.' "

 

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