June 22, 2004

Into the Neoconservative Lair

Roger L. Simon risked life, limb, and reputation to descend into the neocon lair in Washington where he caught Dr. Michael Ledeen – on camera! – translating The Communist Manifesto from its original Straussian into corporate jargon for the purpose of duping yuppies at malls. Spooky.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at June 22, 2004 01:19 AM

Sounds like the opening chapter of the next Moses Wine novel...

Posted by: Independent George at June 22, 2004 06:53 AM

"Original Straussian"?! Talk about a contradiction in terms! Strauss was full of shit, man. Esoteric readings are a load of crap, Michael. The classical philosophers (and Marx in this case) meant what they wrote. There was no secret code or hidden meaning. Sometimes they had to dance around saying EXACTLY what they wanted to come out and say because it was so controversial at the time, but the Straussians take it way too far.

True believing Straussians overlook a huge amount of overwhelming evidence disputing their claims and, as such, I can't really respect them. What any of them are doing translating anything BEYOND the Straussian interpretation (which is BS to begin with) and into "corporate jargon", I have no idea. I'm not even sure what Roger meant by "corporate jargon", to be honest.

Posted by: Grant McEntire at June 22, 2004 11:38 AM


I've never read Strauss and know nothing of the man. I do find the "Straussian cabal" ravings entertaining, though. Maybe the guy really is a nut. I've no idea. He's not on my reading list, and I don't plan to add him at any time.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at June 22, 2004 12:10 PM

Roger was joking.

Posted by: old maltese at June 22, 2004 02:35 PM

Yes, of course Roger was joking. I thought it was funny...

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at June 22, 2004 02:52 PM
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