One of Canada’s real conservatives is screaming mad about the just-announced merger between the so-called Progressive Conservatives and the Canadian Alliance (…for frontal lobotomy & intolerance in the name of rah-rah capitalism & generalized homophobia….). David Orchard, who still clings to an increasingly archaic meaning of the word conserve – ative, is worried, and I can’t say I blame him. Something unpleasant is happening here, with Canadians about to be squeezed between the national Liberals, who all-too-often behave like neo-cons on the provincial level, and a massive modernized so-called conservative party that’s just dying to be Canada’s answer to American neo-conservatism. The NDP is fast diminishing in all this. Oy.
See this Adbusters article, which presents a graphical map of Strauss’s current influence. Then don’t miss Danny Postel’s interview with Shadia Drury (the very excellent b. of C.) in the current Open Democracy:
On this perverse view of the world, if America fails to achieve her “national destiny”, and is mired in perpetual war, then all is well. Man’s humanity, defined in terms of struggle to the death, is rescued from extinction. But men like Heidegger, Schmitt, Koj