(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 24, 2008 Leo Strauss and the "Crazies in the Basement"
From the beginning of his presidency, George W. Bush has surrounded himself with radical neo-conservatives, with what his father, the first President Bush, called "crazies in the basement." They have advised him on everything from political strategy to foreign policy. What they have in common is the warped worldview of Leo Strauss.
SHARE Monday, September 25, 2006 Another Century of War
You cannot grasp the magnitude, the scope, and the implications of Bush/Cheney policy unless you are familiar with three things: The Project for a New American Century (PNAC), The Carlyle Group, and America's historic involvement in the Middle East, complicated by this administration's intimate association with the Religious Right.
SHARE Monday, September 11, 2006 Branding America
The "branding" of America is dumbing America. Like Pavlov's dog, our freedom has become an illusion. Rational debate has been short-circuited as the science of advertising has overtaken the political process; reason has been replaced by reflex. Whether conservative or liberal, from focus groups to "push-polls," East Coast to the Central Coast, branding is undermining democracy.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 27, 2008 Reconsidering "Leo Strauss and the 'Crazies in the Basement'"
In response to my recent op-ed commentary, "Leo Strauss And the 'Crazies in the Basement'," I received an email with a simple and fair request: "What's a good book on Strauss? One that enumerates his positions (like calling for perpetual war, etc.)?" The question was a wake-up call. For one, I could find no direct quote from Strauss 'calling for perpetual war.'
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, September 22, 2006 An Unholy Alliance: The Marriage of the Political and Religious Right
Politicians who embrace the Religious Right---whether out of opportunism or sincere belief---have let the genie out of the bottle. The foundation of democracy has been undermined: honest debate has been replaced by authoritarian pronouncement, by appealing to emotion rather than reason.