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Re: <nettime> The Ultimate Straussian Links
Richard Barbrook on Thu, 6 Nov 2003 02:03:21 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> The Ultimate Straussian Links


>Don't forget the link to Kojčve !

This is the bit that I find puzzling about the Straussians. I once saw a
member of the audience humiliate Fukuyama at a meeting in London by using
Kojčve's remix of Hegel against him, i.e. the 'end of history' is the
overthrow of the warrior masters by the working slaves. Since Fukuyama and
other neo-cons argue instead that Hegel's prophecy has been realised by the
American military-industrial complex, why are they so fascinated by the
writings of a Marxist-Hegelian which apparently undermine the philosophical
underpinnings of their imperialist fantasy? Kojčve's 'Lectures on the
Phenomenology' was one of the key texts for the post-1945 generation of
left-wing intellectuals in Europe and yet the English translation was
edited and published in the USA by Straussians! Most bizarre...



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