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By Paul E. Gottfried

This booklet deals an unique interpretation of the success of Leo Strauss, stressing how his principles and fans reshaped the yank conservative circulate. The conservative flow that reached out to Strauss and his legacy used to be tremendous fluid and lacked a self-confident management. Conservative activists and newshounds felt a determined desire for educational acceptability, which they idea Strauss and his disciples might provide. additionally they grew to become deeply concerned about the matter of 'value relativism', which self-described conservatives concept Strauss had successfully addressed. yet until eventually lately, neither Strauss nor his disciples have thought of themselves to be 'conservatives'. opposite to a different false impression, Straussians have by no means needed to transform american citizens to historic political beliefs and practices, other than in a truly selective rhetorical model. Strauss and his disciples were avid champions of yankee modernity, and 'timeless' values as interpreted by means of Strauss and his fans usually glance starkly contemporary.

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