Peter Lawler wonders why we havent been discussing Damon Linkers review of two recent books on Leo Strauss. My excuse is that Im in South Carolina--home of E.J. Dionne, Jr.s favorite Republican--retrieving my children from the clutches of their grandparents.
Having now read Linkers piece, I think its subtly but interestingly wrong about Strausss philosophy, and wildly and implausibly wrong about his politics. On the former, I think he underestimates the force of the claim that there are permanent questions and overstates the significance of the "Reason and Revelation" lecture (at least if the extracts he presents are telling). On the latter, theres much that Strauss says about democracy and gentlemen that Linker doesnt acknowledge and take into account. Indeed, Platos philosopher doesnt want to rule and hence doesnt want to sit at the top of a political order, preferring, perhaps to read books and raise rabbits (or rabbis?). Ill have more later after I return to Atlanta.