Leo Strauss Articles

The College Scorecard: What Would Strauss Say?

1:10 PM, Sep 22, 2015

After great fanfare, and much handwringing from an anxious higher education community, the Obama administration finally launched its ballyhooed College Scorecard. It disappoints, but not, perhaps, for the reasons that many think.

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Contemporary Thinkers

2:02 PM, Sep 07, 2015

I'm pleased to let you know that the Foundation for Constitutional Government, which produces the Conversations that I've been hosting for a couple of years, has just released a series of websites called Contemporary Thinkers.  The aim is to make more ea

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Leo Strauss Online!

12:00 PM, Jun 15, 2015

I'm not sure what the great political philosopher Leo Strauss would have thought of the Internet (he was a skeptic about progress, but also a skeptic about reaction). I personally think he would have appreciated aspects of it. Perhaps he would have even written an essay on "Persecution and the Art of Tweeting." Or not.

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A Conversation With Harvey Mansfield on Leo Strauss

11:49 AM, May 11, 2015

The latest episode of Conversations Will Bill Kristol, featuring Harvey Mansfield on Leo Strauss:

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A Note from the Gallery

12:50 PM, Mar 04, 2015

We'll all be discussing for quite a while the substance, context, and implications of yesterday's speech by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. I thought I might just offer a personal note on what most struck me yesterday, sitting in the gallery of the House of Representatives. 

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Samantha Power and the Art of Tweeting

6:01 AM, Aug 22, 2013

At 5:09 pm on August 21, Samantha Power, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, tweeted this:


Reports devastating: 100s dead in streets, including kids killed by chem weapons. UN must get there fast & if true, perps must face justice.

— Samantha Power (@AmbassadorPower) August 21, 2013


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A Darkling Plain

Mar 04, 2013

Leo Strauss wrote of the “all men are created equal” sentence in the Declaration of Independence, “The passage has frequently been quoted, but, by its weight and its elevation, it is made immune to the degrading effects of the excessive familiarity which breeds contempt and of misuse which breeds disgust.” Doesn’t this also hold for the closing lines of Matthew Arnold’s Dover Beach?

And we are here as on a darkling plain

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The West Fights Back

ADVANCE COPY from the December 3, 2012 issue.
12:00 AM, Nov 22, 2012

There are some facts so obvious that only a liberal could deny them. One of them is that, from Benghazi to Be’er Sheva, the West is under attack.

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Profiles in Courage

Jul 16, 2012

"Let us now praise famous men, and our fathers that begat us,” we are told. So we take this occasion to praise three admirable individuals who died in the past two weeks. Each of them was extraordinary in his or her own right, but each of them also exemplified the virtues of a remarkable generation.

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