Ive remarked previously in this space that C.S. Lewiss remarkably prescient attack on postmodern relativism, The Abolition of Man, could easily be read as a preface to Strausss Natural Right and History. Well, since the movie is out right now, Ive been reading the Narnia chronicles to my 7-year-old, and came across this passage from The Magicians Nephew, from the mouth of the devious Uncle Andrew:
"You mean that little boys ought to keep their promises. Very true: most right and proper, Im sure, and Im very glad you have been taught to do it. But of course you must understand that rules of that sort, however excellent they may be for little boys--and servants--and women--and even people in general, cant possibly be expected to apply to profound students and great thinkers and sages. No, Digory. Men like me, who possess hidden wisdom, are freed from common rules just as we are cut off from common pleasures. Ours, my boy, is a high and lonely destiny."
But Digory sees right through him, thinking to himself, "All he means is that he thinks he can do anything he likes to get anything he wants."