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  •  It's definitely a very big deal (11+ / 0-)

    Fukuyama is no Leo Strauss. He work is far more rigorously argued and - as a result - far less intentionally oblique. Strauss thought that by making his arguments so erudite that only an elite could understand him, he could attract only the right - or good - citizens to form proper policy. These ideals are very Platonic - straight out of Plato's Republic - in Strauss' support of political elitism. However, it is that excessive erudition that leads Strauss to form often contradictory and sometimes thoroughly confused arguments. Perhaps this means that I lack the proper comprehension skills to understand Strauss. I don't think so, though. I think Strauss' code is just so confused that, at times, he wrote total gibberish. Without recognizing it.

    Fukuyama did not fall into that trap. His work is easily understood, and as a result his logic is more rigorous. People may laugh at the title: "The End of History", but that essay is still required reading - and will remain so for some time. Strauss, I predict, will become a historical footnote before long.

    "This is the twenty-first century. Nations don't just go invading other countries." --John McCain, said without a hint of irony.

    by maynard on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 08:54:39 AM PST

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