Writer Steven Watson details some of the influences of modern “neoconservative” thinking found now at all levels of our government:
. . .The Neocons have adopted the word Democracy and attached their world view to it. This as we have previously exposed is a Straussian world view – after Leo Strauss, who arrived in the US in 1938 and taught at several major universities before his death in 1973.
. . . Strauss was a German Jewish political philosopher whose views were elitist, amoral and hostile to representative democratic government. Strauss, as revealed in a major New Yorker article by legendary investigative reporter Seymour Hersh, believed the world to be a place where “isolated liberal democracies live in constant danger from hostile elements abroad”, and where policy advisers may have to deceive their own publics and even their rulers in order to “protect” their countries.
Leo Strauss was also a strong believer in the “Realism” form of International Relations made prominent by Thomas Hobbes. Like Hobbes, he thought that human nature was intrinsically aggressive and could be restrained only through a State formed via a powerful military industrial complex . “Because mankind is intrinsically wicked, he has to be governed,” he once wrote. “Such governance can only be established, however, when men are united – and they can only be united against other people. . .”
“Strauss thinks that a political order can be stable only if it is united by an external threat,” Drury wrote in her book. “Following Machiavelli, he maintains that if no external threat exists, then one has to be manufactured. This is what Henry Kissinger was referring to in that often quoted statement he made about creating external future threats in order to guard the world order he wishes to see become more prevalent and powerful, the system we often refer to as the “New World Order”. Thus for the Neocons, when the Soviet Empire weakened and a Unipolar world order was emerging, a new threat had to be there lurking to allow them to further their Straussian vision.
. . . The PNAC [neocon organization connected to Pentagon] way of thinking has been implemented almost to the book since 9/11. Their flagship document, “Rebuilding America’s Defenses” noted that in order to go ahead with their strategy their would have to be some kind of pivotal event that would unite the American people behind the Government. This was referred to as “a new Pearl Harbor” and came to pass on September 11 2001. Full article
One of the finest among our founding fathers saw this coming:
“If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.” —James Madison