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“A Republic, Madam…If You Can Keep It”

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As it usually does, David Brooks’ column caught my attention this week.  Examining the nature of democracy, Brooks concludes that the most recent battles over the debt and deficit in Washington will not yield fruitful outcomes absent a reversion to republican (small-r) politics. Brooks expounds upon this by labeling our current democracy the “politics of solipsism.” “The [current] political culture encourages politicians and activists to imagine that the country’s problems would be solved if other people’s interests and values magically disappeared.” Instead, he says, we need a true leadership class, of the kind that existed “as late as the Truman and Eisenhower Administrations,” to balance interests and passions. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Philosopher President?

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By Guest Blogger Ryan Berg

Harvard historian and prominent intellectual James T. Kloppenberg spent the last two years of his research reading an impressive corpus of literature on President Obama.  Kloppenberg poured through Obama’s books; his essays; his speeches; every article published in the Harvard Law Review during Obama’s three years there; and even interviewed his former professors.  What is Kloppenberg’s theory after all his research? He posits Obama “is a true intellectual—a word that is frequently considered an epithet among populists with a robust suspicion of Ivy League elites.” Read the rest of this entry »

Recruitment Trends and the Liberal Arts

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By Guest Blogger Ryan Berg

In light of my recent post about Leo Strauss, an education in political philosophy, and the liberal arts, I found a recent article in the Wall Street Journal about recruitment trends at America’s top colleges quite disconcerting.  Companies recruiting new hires have recently moved the preponderance of their recruitment efforts to state universities.  Recruiter’s top five favorite universities are all public, and the list is comprised mostly of top public universities.

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Written by Russell S.

October 11, 2010 at 8:54 pm

Leo Strauss and the Basis of Our Political Understanding

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From Guest Blogger Ryan Berg

I posted recently about ancient political philosophy and its relevance in the debate raging about “fairness” in the Bush tax cuts.  An article about Leo Strauss, renowned University of Chicago political theorist, in the Wall Street Journal stroked my curiosity on this topic.  The article chronicles recent attempts to catalogue Strauss’ lectures, his relationship with his students, and his love of political philosophy.  This is a refreshing view, given that most people specialize, in school and otherwise, in current events.  However, enthusiasm for current affairs can be as narrowing as it can be invigorating. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Russell S.

August 27, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Strauss Lectures Online

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Brian Bolduc has a great article in today’s Wall Street Journal about the lectures of Leo Strauss being posted online.

Written by Russell S.

August 27, 2010 at 1:56 pm