Paul wrote:Hi Pilgrim's Son and welcome to Textkit!
I would encourage you to ask questions in the "First Greek Book" forum. This may lighten the burdensome aspects of learning Greek.
In re Strauss: his "return to the ancients" was motivated chiefly by his confrontation with the relativism of our age. His thought is often concerned with the question, "Why is the West worth saving?".
Interesting aside: Strauss was a good friend of Alexander Kojevnikov, better known as Alexander Kojeve. Kojeve was a very well-known Marxist and Hegel scholar. I believe I have this anecdote correct: sometime after the student riots in Paris 1968, several revolutionary German students approached Kojeve and asked him what they could do to further their revolutionary vision. He replied, "Learn Greek".
Pilgrim's Son wrote:Yet he seems to take the half-true idea of "liberal democracy" and still assign it to say the Weimar Republic and the 20th century USA. I wouldn't say these are textbook examples: they still contain great centralization and regulization of the economies, differing superficially but not fundamentally from the "command" economies of "communist" states.
Democritus wrote:Let's not get carried away. The US is in no sense a command economy. The differences are fundamental, not superficial.
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