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<b>Subaltern Studies</b>

Subaltern Studies

The Subaltern Studies Group (SSG) or Subaltern Studies Collective

are a group of South Asian scholars interested in the postcolonial and post-imperial
societies of South Asia in particular and the developing world in general. The term
Subaltern Studies is sometimes also applied
more broadly to others who share many of their views. Their approach is one of history from below, focused more on what happens among
the masses at the base levels of society than among the elite.

The term "

in this context is an implied reference to an essay by Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci
(1881–1937). Literally, it refers to any person or group of inferior rank and
station, whether because of race, class,
gender, sexual orientation,
ethnicity, or religion.

The SSG arose in the 1980s, to attempt to formulate a new
narrative of the history of India and South Asia. This narrative strategy most clearly
inspired by the writings of

Gramsci was explicated in the writings of their "mentor" Ranajit Guha, most clearly in his
"manifesto" in
Subaltern Studies I and also in his classic monograph ‘The Elementary Aspects of Peasant Insurgency.’
Although they are, in a sense, on the left, they
are very critical of the traditional Marxist narrative of Indian history, in which semi-feudal India was colonized by the British,
became politicized, and earned its independence. In
particular, they are critical of the focus of this narrative on the political
consciousness of elites, who in turn inspire the masses to resistance and rebellion
against the British.

Instead, they focus on non-elites —

subalterns — as agents of political and social change. They have had a particular
interest in the discourses and rhetoric of emerging political and social movements, as
against only highly visible actions like demonstrations
and uprisings.

People associated with Subaltern Studies


Subaltern Studies group
was founded by
Ranajit Guha.
In more recent times, many have been disillusioned with the post-modern turn that the
group has taken (notably Sumit Sarkar who left the group).

Other scholars associated with

Subaltern Studies include:


  • Gayatri
    Chakravorty Spivak

  • Partha Chatterjee

  • Ranajit Guha

  • Shahid

  • David

  • David

  • Sumit Sarkar (later

  • Gyanendra Pandey

  • Dipesh Chakrabarty

  • Gautam

    External links

  • Tim Spurgin’s
    notes on Subaltern Studies
    and other topics in postcolonialism

    Further reading

  • Young, Robert, White Mythologies. Routledge, 1990, reissued 2004. Several
    associated ISBNs, including ISBN 0-415-31181-0, ISBN 0-415-31180-2.
  • Ludden, David, ed., Reading Subaltern Studies. Critical History, Contested Meaning
    and the Globalization of South Asia
    , London 2001.
  • Chaturvedi, Vinayak, ed., Mapping Subaltern Studies and the Postcolonial. London
    and New York 2000.


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    Michael Grubb

    Professor Michael Grubb is a leading international researcher on the policy responses to climate change and energy policy issues including renewable energy sources. He is now Associated Director of Policy at the UK Carbon Trust and a Visiting Professor at Imperial College, London. He has been a Lead Author for several reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) addressing the economic, technological and social aspects of limiting greenhouse gas emissions and has advised a number of governments, companies and international studies on climate change policy. He is editor-in-chief of the journal Climate Policy and is on the editorial board of Energy Policy.

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    Professor Michael Grubb is a leading international researcher on the policy
    responses to climate change and energy policy issues including renewable energy sources.
    He is now Associated Director of Policy at the
    UK Carbon Trust and
    a Visiting Professor at Imperial College, London. He has been a Lead Author for several
    reports of the
    Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
    addressing the
    economic, technological and social aspects of limiting greenhouse gas emissions and has
    advised a number of governments, companies and international studies on climate change
    policy. He is editor-in-chief of the journal
    Climate Policy and is
    on the editorial board of

    Institutional Positions

    • Associate Director of Policy, The Carbon Trust, London (half time)

    • Visiting Professor of Climate Change and Energy Policy, Imperial College, London
    • Senior Research Affiliate, Department of Applied Economics, Cambridge University,
      Cambridge UK

    • Associate Fellow, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London

    Other associations and activities

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      (2003-6) on future of UK electricity system
    • Chair, Advisory Group to Carbon Vision (Carbon Trust / EPSRC / ESRC industry-academic
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    Previous employment positions

    • April 1993 to August 1998 Head of the Energy and Environmental Programme at the Royal
      Institute of International Affairs, London
    • October 1988 to March 1993 Research Fellow (Senior Fellow from April 1992) at the Energy
      and Environmental Programme, Royal Institute of International Afffairs
    • October 1986 to October 1988 Post-Doctoral Research Assistant at the Department of
      Electrical Engineering, Imperial College

    Selected previous affiliations and activities

    Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

    • Member of writing team for Policymakers Summary and Technical Summary of the Third
      Assessment Report, Mitigation (WG-III) (2000-2001)
    • Convening lead author for IPCC Special Report on Technology Transfer (1997-99)
    • Lead author for IPCC Technical Paper on Atmospheric Stabilization (1996-7)
    • Lead Author for IPCC Second Assessment Report, Working Group III (1994-95: 3 chapters,
      leading input on Equity chapter)
    • Member of President’s Advisory Council, International Association for Energy
      Economics (1997-98)
    • Council Member, British Institute of Energy Economics (1995-1998 )

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    Jamshid Amuzegar


    Dr. Jamshid Amuzegar

    (also Amouzegar), (1923 – ) is a former Prime Minister of Iran.

    Born in Tehran in 1923, he first climbed his way into
    college graduating with degrees in Law and Engineering from Tehran University. While World
    War II
    was brewing, he was able to enroll in Cornell
    with the help of Colonel Crawford, an
    American friend in Iran at the time. After finishing his PhD at Cornell University, he returned to Iran and became
    deputy minister in Iran’s ministry of Health, under Dr Jahanshah Saleh in 1955. Dr.
    Amuzegar was among the first of Iran‘s politicians schooled and
    trained in the United States. Prior to that time, Iran’s
    elite were almost entirely trained in France, among other
    European states.

    Dr. Amuzegar then soon became Minister of Labour and then Minister of Health in the
    cabinet of prime minister Hasan-ali Mansour. He then

    Minister of Finance in
    the cabinet of Amir Abbas Hoveida after the
    assassination of Prime minister Mansour in 1964, remaining in
    that post for nine years.

    In 1971, he and

    Sheikh Ahmed
    Zaki Yamani
    of Saudi Arabia were instrumental in implementing the series of price hikes that
    quadrupled the price of oil and provided the resources for Iran to modernize its
    infrastructure, agriculture, and defense. For this accomplishment, Amuzegar was awarded
    the Taj-e Iran, first class, an honor normally reserved for only the prime minister and
    former prime ministers. He was appointed Minister of the Interior in 1974.

    In December 1975 he was taken hostage by the Venezuelan terrorist Carlos the Jackal during an OPEC meeting. Carlos
    was ordered to execute him, but did not do so, and Amouzger was released along with the
    other hostages after a few days.

    In 1976 he became chairman of the Rastakhiz party, having
    led the Progressive faction against Finance Minister Hushang
    ‘s Constructionist faction. Soon after Jimmy Carter
    became president of the United States, Dr. Amuzegar was
    finally appointed prime minister of Iran in August 1977,
    succeeding his rival Amir Abbas Hoveyda.

    However, he rapidly

    unpopular as he attempted to slow the overheated economy with measures that, although
    generally thought necessary, triggered a downturn in employment and private sector profits
    that would later compound the government’s problems. Hence in the wake of Khomeini‘s revolution, he soon resigned and was replaced by Jafar Sharif-Emami.

    Dr. Amuzegar today resides in the United States. A
    memorable quote by Dr. Amuzegar:

    "We [Iranians] were invaded by Greeks, Arabs, Mongols, and Turks,
    but we never lost our identity because foreign invaders would find a richer culture in
    Persians than that of their own."

    Jamshid Amuzegar

    is not to be confused with Jahangir Amuzegar,
    PhD UCLA, former Executive Director of the IMF.

    See also

  • Pahlavi Dynasty

  • List of
    Prime Ministers of Iran

    Source used for this article

  • Iran in the last 3 centuries
  • . Alireza Avsati. Vol 2. ISBN 964-93406-4-5

  • Qajar (Kadjar) Orders and Decorations
  • .


    Jamshid Amuzegar is not to be confused with

    , PhD UCLA, former Executive Director of the IMF.

    Trouble in Tehran
    Jahangir Amuzegar
    January 27, 2004

    Crumbling Revolution

    Jahangir Amuzegar
    January/February 2003
    summary & 500-word preview
    | purchase
    full article

    OPEC as Omen
    Jahangir Amuzegar

    to Sanctions

    Jahangir Amuzegar
    May/ June 1997

    Wealth: A Very Mixed Blessing

    Jahangir Amuzegar
    Spring 1982

    and the Dollar Dilemma

    Jahangir Amuzegar
    July 1978

    Requiem for the North-South Conference

    Jahangir Amuzegar
    October 1977

    North-South Dialogue: From Conflict to Compromise

    Jahangir Amuzegar
    April 1976

    Economy under the Islamic Republic

    Jahangir Amuzegar.
    New York: I. B. Tauris, 1993.
    July/August 1994

    Iran: An
    Economic Profile
    Jahangir Amuzegar.
    Washington: Middle East Institute, 1977.
    October 1977


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    Office of Net Assessment

    Andrew Marshall

    United States Department of Defense

    The United States Department of Defense‘s Office of Net Assessment was created in 1973. It operates as an internal think tank for the Department. Andrew Marshall was named its
    first director, a position he still holds.

    Staff members have included:

    Andrew Marshall (foreign policy strategist)

    Andrew Marshall is the director of the United States Department of Defense‘s
    Office of Net Assessment. Appointed to the
    position in 1973 by United
    States President
    Richard Nixon, Marshall has been
    re-appointed by every president that followed.

    External links

    Andrew Marshall

    Andrew W. Marshall, “the Pentagon’s 81-year-old futurist-in-chief, fiddles with his
    security badge, squints, looks away, smiles, and finally speaks in a voice that sounds
    like Gene Hackman trying not to wake anybody. Known as Yoda in defense circles, Marshall
    doesn’t need to shout to be heard. Named director of the Office of Net Assessment (“the
    Pentagon’s internal think tank[1]) by

    Richard M. Nixon and reappointed by
    every president since, the DOD’s most elusive official has become one of its most
    influential. Today, Marshall – along with his star protégés Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and Deputy Secretary Paul Wolfowitz – is drafting President Bush’s
    plan to upgrade the military.” “The Marshall
    Plan” by Douglas McGray, Wired, February 2003

    “Put in charge of the Bush
    ‘s proposed major military overhaul by Defense Secretary Donald
    Rumsfeld, he has sharply polarized the defense community. Marshall’s allies and proteges
    revere him, calling the Office of Net Assessment ‘St. Andrew’s Prep.’ His enemies despise
    him, deriding his acolytes as ‘Jedi Knights’.”[2]
    (See Andrew Marshall
    Acolytes / Jedi Knights
    for a listing.)

    “Marshall played a major role in, among other things, the conceptualization of the
    in military affairs
    ‘ (RMA) and is currently
    playing a major role in the Bush administration’s defense review (
    Quadrennial Defense
    ). Much of the work of ONA is highly
    classified, and it has been difficult to understand just what is involved in ‘net

    Robert Dreyfuss and Jason Vest identify Marshall as a neoconservative.[3]

    The February 10, 2001, Washington Post article “Bush
    Review Of Pentagon Sets Stage for a Shake-Up”
    by Thomas E. Ricks states that

    “The military’s opposition to Mr. Marshall’s recommendations is ‘likely to be
    fierce,’ predicted a person involved in the review. … But Mr. Marshall holds two aces.
    He has a decades-long relationship with Mr. Rumsfeld. And the Bush campaign’s defense
    stance, laid out in a speech at the Citadel in South Carolina in September 1999, relied
    heavily on ideas nurtured by Mr. Marshall over the years.

    “The publicity-shy Mr. Marshall is something of a legend in national security
    circles, both for his longevity and for his far-reaching network of acolytes across the
    government, academia and the defense industry. At 79, he is said to be the only current
    Pentagon official who participated in virtually the entire Cold War, beginning in 1949 as
    a nuclear strategist for Rand Corp., then moving to the Pentagon as a civilian official in
    1973. He has been kept in his current job by every president since Richard M. Nixon.

    “Despite his age and experience, Mr. Marshall’s views are hardly conservative. In
    recent years, he has gained a reputation as a radical reformer and has antagonized many
    top officers.”

    “‘Today, our military is still more organized for Cold War threats than for the
    challenges of a new century – for Industrial Age operations, rather than for Information Age battles,’ Mr. Bush said
    then. It was a line that could have been taken from any number of reports produced by Mr.
    Marshall’s office, formally known as
    ‘the Adviser to
    the Secretary of Defense for Net Assessment.'”

    Jason Vest, “The
    Dubious Genius of Andrew Marshall
    , American Prospect, February 15, 2001:

    “…according to [author] Ken
    , if there’s a good description of Marshall it’s that he’s, ‘one of the
    most effective pork-seeking missiles ever deployed by the military brass.’ While this may
    be overstating matters a bit, given Marshall’s desire to gut a slew of conventional
    weapons programs, it seems to ring true if you’re interested in national missile defense.
    As a key witness before Donald Rumsfeld’s Commission to Assess the
    Ballistic Missile Threat to the United States
    , Marshall played no small role in
    convincing the commission — whose findings have been cogently criticized by numerous
    analysts — that a real threat is imminent.

    “‘Though Rumsfeld’s commission made no recommendation whatsoever on National
    Missile Defense, it dealt with the issue very artfully,’ says Jonathan Pollack. ‘In fact, if that
    commission had a methodology, it was a very Marshallian methodology — you can posit these
    circumstances, and if you posit the following it’s feasible this next thing could happen.’
    National Missile Defense deployment should, Pollack adds, be looked at under the larger
    rubric on the — currently in vogue — doctrine of ‘homeland defense,’ which focuses on
    protection from ballistic missiles and terrorism, and offers a lot of moneymaking
    potential to defense contractors. ‘This
    is going to be a gravy train,’ he says.”

    From “Inside the
    Ring”, April 6, 2001

    “If you want to research the writings of Andrew
    to see where his Pentagon strategy review is likely headed,
    a security clearance is mandatory. Mr. Marshall, director of the Pentagon’s Office of Net
    Assessment, rarely publishes his thinking in unclassified forms.

    “The key, associates say, is to read the writings of his disciples. Or, as one
    Marshall friend framed it in a ‘Star Wars
    analogy, study the Jedis to learn the teachings of Yoda.

    “One Jedi is Andrew F.
    , a former Army officer who worked with Mr. Marshall
    in the Net Assessment Office
    , a bastion of futuristic brainstorming.

    “Mr. Krepinevich, who directs the private Center for
    Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
    , has taken on added importance. He is working on
    the Pentagon’s future strategy study group headed by Mr. Marshall. It is one of about 12
    panels assembled by Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld to plot a new course for the U.S.

    “When Mr. Krepinevich writes, as he did recently, that four Trident submarines
    should be converted to land-attack missile platforms, it’s a good guess that Mr. Marshall
    endorses the idea.

    “Marshall watchers say his ideas show up in the writings of other proteges, such
    as Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz and James
    G. Roche
    , a retired Navy officer who is in line to be the next Air Force secretary.

    “‘There’s this whole network of Marshallites out there and that’s how his work
    gets out,’ says John Hillen, who has
    participated in Mr. Marshall’s yearly military study program at the Naval War College in
    Newport, R.I.”

    “The Illusion of a Grand
    by James Der Derian, New York Times, May 25, 2001:

    “Andrew Marshall … was handpicked by Mr. Rumsfeld to guide
    the strategic review. Yet Mr. Marshall and his views remain enigmatic. Well-known if not
    adored by a tight circle of civilian and military strategists — the so-called church
    of St. Andrew
    — Mr. Marshall has been nearly invisible outside the defense
    establishment. A RAND Corporation nuclear
    expert beginning in 1949, he was brought by Henry
    onto the National
    Security Council
    then appointed by President Nixon to direct the

    Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment.

    “He has been there ever since, despite efforts by some defense secretaries to get
    rid of him. His innocuous-sounding office comes with a big brief: to assess
    regional and global military balances and to determine long-term trends and threats.

    “Insiders say Mr. Marshall was behind some of the key strategic decisions of the
    Reagan years. His strategy for a protracted nuclear war — based on weapons modernization,
    protection of governmental leaders from a first strike and an early version of Star Wars
    — effectively beggared the Soviet war machine. He advocated
    providing Afghan resistance fighters with the highly effective Stinger missiles.
    tagged AIDS as a national security issue.

    “Supporters call Mr. Marshall iconoclastic and delphic; his
    detractors prefer paranoiac or worse. No one has ever called him prolix. At a
    future-war seminar that he sponsored, Mr. Marshall mumbled a few introductory words and
    then sat in silence, eyebrows arched, arms folded, for the remaining two days. His only
    intervention came at the end. He suggested that when it came to the future, it would be
    better to err on the side of being unimaginative. After that experience, I better
    understood why he has been called the Pentagon’s Yoda.”

    Nicholas Lehman, in “Dreaming
    About War”
    published in The New Yorker, July 16, 2001, writes:

    “The most important promoter of the R.M.A. in America has been Andrew W. Marshall,
    the head of the Pentagon’s obscure Office of Net Assessment, a cult figure in his own
    right, and one of the most curious and interesting figures in the defense world. People
    with decoder rings knew that Bush’s speech at the Citadel had been drafted by Marshall’s
    corps of allies and that it endorsed Marshall’s main ideas.

    “Bush promised that, as President, he would order up ‘an immediate, comprehensive
    review of our military’ and give the Secretary of Defense ‘a broad mandate to challenge
    the status quo.’ Sure enough, this February, only a couple of weeks into the Bush
    Administration, newspaper stories reported that the Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld,
    would be conducting a broad review of the military–or, rather, that Andrew Marshall would
    be conducting it on his behalf. During the Clinton Administration, William Sebastian Cohen, as the
    Secretary of Defense, tried, without success, to exile the Office of Net Assessment and
    Marshall, who is seventy-nine, to the National Defense University. Now,
    in 2001, it looked as if Andy Marshall was back–emphatically so, in a position of higher
    influence than at any other point in his long career.

    “Marshall is the last active member in government of a cadre of strategic thinkers
    that took form more than fifty years ago at the original think tank, the RAND Corporation,
    in Santa Monica, California. The best-known member of the group, and still a hero to
    conservatives, was Albert Wohlstetter;
    other members were Daniel Ellsberg, who
    leaked the Pentagon Papers; Herman Kahn, a model for Dr. Strangelove; and James Schlesinger,
    later the Secretary of Defense and the man who, in 1973, created the Office of Net
    and installed Marshall as its head. All these people were
    involved in what
    Kahn liked to
    call ‘thinking the unthinkable’; that is, working through precise scenarios, based on game
    theory and statistics, for what would happen in the event of a nuclear war with the Soviet
    Union. There was particular emphasis on how the United States might survive a first strike
    and still be able to launch a second strike.

    “In his early years at the Pentagon, Marshall concerned himself with other
    matters. In the eighties, he performed studies concluding that the Soviet Union had become
    much weaker than most people imagined it to be. For the past decade and a half, every July
    at the Naval War College, in Newport, Rhode Island, he has conducted his celebrated
    ‘summer studies,’ in which invited experts spend a week pondering a question posed by him.

    “Marshall, a small, bald man with wire-rimmed spectacles who dresses in the manner
    of an unreconstructed nineteen-fifties organization man, has a peculiarly strong mystique.
    For a defense intellectual, he hasn’t published much, and in public settings he doesn’t
    say much, either, often mumbling in a low voice, or questioning but not answering, or
    simply saying he has nothing to add to the discussion. The medium through which he works
    is his protégés, who are extremely loyal. These days, the people he knows in high places
    include Rumsfeld; the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Paul Wolfowitz; the Deputy Secretary of
    State, Richard Armitage (a principal
    author of Bush’s speech at the Citadel); and the Secretary of the Air Force, James Roche,
    who worked for Marshall in the seventies.

    “The Revolution in Military Affairs, Marshall’s main cause for the past ten years,
    can be seen as a return to his RAND roots. There is a substantial R.M.A. literature, and
    one should be cautious about attributing all its main points to Marshall, but most of it
    posits a version of conventional war that would be waged in much the same way as nuclear
    war, with strategists at remote computer screens targeting precision missile strikes. The
    R.M.A. has been up and running–in seminar rooms, at least–for long enough now that it
    has a language all its own (such as ‘deep-strike architecture,’ ‘systems of systems,’
    ‘info dominance,’ and ‘asymmetric competitors’), which, like all insider jargon, has the
    effect of pushing non-members away.”

    From “Missile defence is about money and it’s here to stay” by Elaine Lafferty, Irish Times, July 25, 2001.

    Andrew Marshall “was part of a group formed nearly 50 years ago at the Rand
    Institute in Santa Monica, California, whose job it was, in the words of a member named Herman Kahn, a model for Dr. Strangelove, to ‘think the unthinkable’. In other
    words, they played war games and imagined horrifying scenarios.

    “Since the 1980s Mr Marshall has been a promoter of an idea first posited in 1982
    by Marshal Nikolai Ogarkov, then chief of the Soviet general staff, called RMA, or
    ‘Revolution in Military Affairs’. The RMA, in general terms, opines that technological
    advances have changed the very nature of conventional war. Rather
    than conflict conducted by ground troops, the new conventional war will be conducted
    almost like a nuclear war, managed by strategic defence and computers at remote locations
    targeting missiles at enemies.

    “The ‘battlefield’, as it once was known, would no longer exist. War, in the RMA
    lexicon, would be conducted by spy satellites and long-range missiles, by computer viruses
    that would disable the enemies’ offensive and defensive systems, and by a ‘layered’
    defence system that would make the US impenetrable.

    “For most of the last decade, and certainly under the Clinton administration, Mr Marshall and
    his protégés, who include both Mr Wolfowitz and the Secretary of Defence, Donald
    Rumsfeld, and secretary of the air force James Roche, languished in various hinterlands,
    including a stint for Mr Rumsfeld in the pharmaceutical industry. Mr Marshall
    ran seminars at the Naval War College in Rhode Island. Neither technological advances nor
    the political climate existed to make the RMA feasible.

    “What a difference a vote in Florida can make. During the campaign Mr Bush had
    promised an ‘immediate, comprehensive review of our military’. And just weeks into the new
    administration, Mr Rumsfeld ordered exactly that, to be carried out by . . . Mr

    “The ‘Revolution in Military Affairs’ Has An Enemy: Politics” by Michael
    Cantanzaro, American Enterprise
    , October 2001:

    “Perhaps the most renowned theorist of a revolution in military affairs is Andrew Marshall. Director of the Pentagon’s internal think tank
    known as the Office of Net Assessment, and the intellectual leader of Rumsfeld’s review,
    Marshall has at times been treated as a pariah by the Pentagon establishment. He
    is a survivor, though, and at age 79, having worked on military strategy, for a period
    longer than the entire Cold War, has become a cult figure around whom reformers rally.
    ‘Marshall is something of a revered figure among those who know him and worked for him,’
    said D. Robert Worley, a Marshall protege,
    and now a senior researcher at the Potomac Institute for Policy
    , a defense think tank.

    “Marshall’s career began in 1949 at the California-based RAND Corporation. For
    over 20 years, he, along with like-minded thinkers such as Albert Wohlstetter, Herman Kahn, and James R. Schlesinger (Nixon’s defense
    secretary), used elaborate war-gaming, incorporating advanced new concepts in statistics
    and game theory, to test the best strategies for corralling the Soviet Union.
    According to Eliot Cohen, another Marshall acolyte,
    Marshall and a team of researchers pushed development of weapons systems that ‘would
    render obsolete large portions of the Soviet arsenal, or which would impose
    disproportionate costs’ on Soviet military budgets.”

    “During the Clinton administration, Defense Secretary William Cohen and others
    tried to ostracize Marshall and the Office of Net Assessment. Now, having caught
    Rumsfeld’s ear, Marshall is a central figure in setting future Pentagon priorities.”

    Andrew Marshall “grew up in Detroit and received a graduate
    degree in economics from the University
    of Chicago
    . He took a job at the RAND Corporation in 1949 and worked with nuclear
    intellectuals such as
    Herman Kahn and Albert Wohlstetter. While there, Marshall and several colleagues played an
    important if hidden role in the 1960 presidential election when they served as advisers to
    John F. Kennedy and devised the bogus
    ‘missile gap,’ which JFK used to pillory Richard Nixon.”[4]

    “At the broadest level of national policy, discussions of US strategy for
    competing with the Soviet Union began in the late 1940s, when our relations with the
    Soviets began to change fundamentally for the worse and there was little or no prospect of
    a favorable turn of events in the foreseeable future. Studied interest in systematic planning for competing with the Soviets
    over the long term waned until 1968, when Andrew W. Marshall replaced James Schlesinger as
    director of strategic studies at RAND
    . Marshall’s quest for a
    framework for structuring and giving direction to RAND’s program of strategic studies led
    to his report
    Long Term Competition with the Soviets:
    A Framework for Strategic Analysis, published in 1972. This document was a seminal contribution to US strategic
    thinking in the post-World War II era. It reflects the strong influence of Marshall’s
    interest, beginning in the early 1960s, in the subject of organizational behavior and in
    the efforts at the Harvard Business School to develop the field of business policy and
    strategy” [5]

    From Fortune
    , January 26, 2004
    , by David Stipp:

    What would abrupt climate change really be like? Scientists generally refuse to say much
    about that, citing a data deficit. But recently, renowned Department of Defense planner
    Andrew Marshall sponsored a groundbreaking effort to come to grips with the question. A
    Pentagon legend, Marshall, 82, is known as the Defense Department’s “Yoda”–a
    balding, bespectacled sage whose pronouncements on looming risks have long had an outsized
    influence on defense policy. Since 1973 he has headed a secretive think tank whose role
    is to envision future threats to national security
    . The Department of Defense’s push
    on ballistic-missile defense is known as his brainchild. Three years ago Defense Secretary
    Donald Rumsfeld picked him to lead a sweeping review on military
    “transformation,” the shift toward nimble forces and smart weapons.

    Note: “Since 1973 he has headed a secretive think tank whose role is to
    envision future threats to national security
    .” One could
    wonder what this group was thinking about during the first eight months of 2001, while
    they had access to the extensive Hart-Rudman Task Force
    on Homeland Security

    External Links

    • Net Book: Zalmay Khalilzad, John White, Andrew Marshall, “Strategic Appraisal:
      The Changing Role of Information in Warfare”
      (full report), RAND Corporation,
      1999. “Explores the opportunities and vulnerabilities inherent in the increasing
      reliance on information technology.”
    • The Definition of
      Strategic Assessment
      . In particular, scroll down to the section on “Department of
      Defense Net Assessments.”

    • Past
      Revolution, Future Transformations
      , RAND
      , 1999. Complete book online. Also see Bibliography for
      names and article related to
      ONA and Andrew Marshall.

    • Thomas Parker, High-Tech to the Rescue in
      the Persian Gulf
      , Middle East Quarterly/Middle East Forum, June 1999: “Defense
      intellectuals tend to support the revolution in military affairs and its quest for a new
      generation of weapons systems; in contrast, those with vested interests to protect are
      skeptical. RMA advocates include senior Reagan and Bush officials such as Paul Wolfowitz,
      Richard Perle (both now advising Governor George W. Bush), Richard Armitage (author of a
      recent Congressionally-mandated study on the subject), Eliot Cohen of Johns Hopkins
      University, and Zalmay Khalilzad of RAND. Andrew Marshall, the head of the Department of
      Defense’s Office of Net
      an in-house think tank, has pushed hard for the RMA; while he had a close relationship
      with former secretaries of defense Cheney and Perry, his office was almost moved outside
      of the Pentagon under Secretary Cohen.”
    • Ken Silverstein, The Man
      From ONA
      , The Nation, October 25, 1999.
    • Bill Keller, The Fighting
      Next Time
      , Why War?, March 10, 2002: “But Marshall’s real public face is
      the legion of prolific R.M.A. proteges in policy institutes and universities whose work he has sponsored. His consistent
      theme (and theirs) for at least a decade has been that the nature of warfare is in for one
      of its periodic upheavals as nations adjust to two major developments. … One is the
      perfection of long-range precision strike weapons that enable armies to fight from great
      distances and that make massive, conspicuous platforms like carriers and air bases more
      vulnerable. As our adversaries acquire more accurate missiles, Marshall argues, wars will
      probably be fought either from long range or by quick and comparatively small units that
      get in and out quickly.
      The other change is the emergence of information warfare, in which the most
      valuable assets are more powerful sensors–satellites, airborne cameras, handheld global
      positioning system equipment, robotic snoopers–that give the advantage to the side that
      can better read the battlefield and more quickly disseminate information to its
    • Bruce Berkowitz, War in the
      Information Age
      , Hoover Institution,
      Spring, 2002: “These technologies are turning over many traditional notions about how
      to wage war. Much of this new thinking can be traced to the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment and its director, Andrew Marshall. Although little known to the general public, the office has often been much more
      influential than its obscure title suggests. It is an in-house think tank for DOD charged
      with looking 10 or 20 years into the future, sizing up the threats the United States will
      face, and analyzing how we will match them.
      … In
      the early 1990s, Marshall began to speak about a ‘revolution in military affairs’ (RMA).
      This revolution was driven mainly by the great changes that were under way in
      information technology. As a result of these changes, military forces would be able to
      have a better picture of the adversary and would be able to strike at him with precision
      weapons from great distance. The military would also need to become more mobile because
      large, stationary forces would be too vulnerable. … Over the course of three decades,
      many promising majors, lieutenant commanders, and GS-13 civilians have done a tour through
      Office of Net Assessment.
      These officers are now generals, admirals, and members of the
      Senior Executive Service
      and have considerable influence in drafting war plans and
      designing new weapons programs.”
    • George Lewis, Pentagon Defense
      Strategist Previews Future Warfare
      , University of Kentucky Public Relations, July 11,
    • Amrish Sehgal, China
      and the Doctrine of Asymmetrical Warfare
      2003: “That some of Andrew Marshall’s worst fears are coming true is already evident.
      Japan’s economy has been in the doldrums for the last 7 years. Its biggest market, USA, is
      itself locked in the throes of a recession. Given the major onslaught of Korean companies,
      perhaps the only large markets left to Japan are India and China. India’s market for range
      of products that Japan makes, unfortunately for Japan, is already highly competitive,
      consumer oriented and service-intensive. China on the other hand is still somewhat of a
      command economy and is as large, if not larger, a market than India. Moreover, political
      considerations in China allow a better deal to be given to Japan than to South Korea.
      Indeed, China is going all out to woo Japan Inc. The day is not too far away when China
      emerges as Japan’s largest investment market and trading partner. Chinese political
      pressure upon Japan to distance itself from USA can certainly be envisioned at such a
    • James G. Roche, Serving
      the Patriots of America’s Air Force
      . Remarks at the Order of the Sword Induction
      Ceremony, Andrews Air Force Base, Md. September 13, 2003: “I also want to point out
      that one of my most important mentors is here tonight. He is my mentor, Bill Bodie‘s mentor, General Lance Lord‘s mentor, and he is
      Brigadier General Rich Hassan‘s
      mentor — Andrew Marshall, one of the finest men in the Department of Defense. Andy was
      the head of the Office of Net Assessment when Admiral Farragut was around and was appointed to the job by General George
      Washington just before he relinquished command of the Continental Army. He celebrated his
      50th wedding anniversary last night. And ladies and gentlemen, tonight is his 82nd
      birthday. He is still working full time at our Pentagon. General John Jumper and I have often
      relied on one of his many sayings to help you cope with tough times. He once said to me,
      ‘There simply are limits to the stupidity any one may can prevent.’ General Jumper and I
      call upon that time after time.”


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    Global empire

    Global Empire

    A global empire involves the extension of a

    state’s sovereignty over territories all around the world. The essential
    criterion demands that, when navigating around the world, the longest trip between the
    possessions be half of the
    circumference of the planet. "Global" is therefore a function of longitude,
    not of
    latitude. For example, because of the Spanish Empire‘s territories around the
    globe, it was often said in the
    that " the sun never sets on
    the Spanish Empire
    ." This phrase was later
    applied to the
    Russian Empire and British


    Early empires

    Earlier empires were largely confined to the American or African and Eurasian continents.
    Nations such as ancient Egypt, the Aztec
    Empire, the Roman Empire, the Incan
    Empire, India and China could in one
    sense be considered early superpowers, but not Global

    Some of these early superpowers which spread across different continents include:

    Only after the

    circumnavigation of the globe by Ferdinand Magellan‘s expedition (15191522) could
    states begin to achieve a global presence.

    European contenders

    The first global empires were a product of the European Age of Exploration
    that began with a race of exploration between the then most advanced maritime powers, Portugal and Spain, in the late 1400s. The initial impulse behind these dispersed maritime empires
    and those that followed was trade; driven by the new ideas and of the capitalism that grew
    out of the European Renaissance.

    Portugal began establishing the first global trade network
    and empire under the leadership of prince Henry the Navigator.

    During its Siglo de Oro, the Spanish Empire had
    possession of the Netherlands, Luxembourg,
    Belgium, Portugal, most of Italy, parts of Germany, parts of France, and many colonies in the Americas, Africa, and Asia. With
    the conquest of inland Mexico, Peru,
    and the Philippines in the 16th century, Spain established overseas dominions on a scale and world
    distribution that had never been approached by its predecessors (the Mongol had been
    larger but was restricted to Eurasia). Possessions in Europe, Africa, the Atlantic, the Americas, the Pacific, and the Far East qualified the Spanish
    as attaining a global presence in this sense.

    It is a little known fact that, for a few brief years in the 1650s, the tiny Duchy of Courland, located in what is now Latvia, simultaneously maintained overseas colonies within the
    territories of modern-day Gambia and Trinidad and Tobago. Thus, going by the above
    definition, this unlikely Latvia-Gambia-Tobago combination was, strictly speaking, a
    "Global Empire", although its total acreage was relatively small. (See Courland colonization.)

    Subsequent global empires included the French, Dutch, and British
    empires. The latter, consolidated during the period of British maritime hegemony in the 19th century, became the largest empire in history by virtue
    of the improved transportation technologies of the time (nominal claims to huge tracts of
    uninhabited and uninhabitable land in the Arctic and in Australia, for instance, went uncontested). At its height, the British Empire covered a quarter of the Earth‘s land area and comprised a quarter of its population. By the
    1860s, the Russian Empire– and it’s heir the Soviet Union– became the largest contiguous state in the
    world, and the latter’s main successor continues to be so to this day. The present-day Russian Federation, despite having "lost"
    its Soviet periphery, has 12 time zones, stretching
    slightly over half the world’s longitude.

    Global Empires

  • The Mongol Empire
  • The Portuguese Empire
  • The Spanish Empire
  • The Dutch Empire
  • The French Empire
  • The British Empire
  • The Russian Empire
  • The American Empire
  • The German Colonial Empire
  • The Ottoman Empire
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    The World State

    The World State

    The World State is the primary setting of

    Aldous Huxley‘s 1932 dystopian
    Brave New World. In the novel, The World State is a unified government which administers the entire planet, with a few isolated exceptions.

    The motto of The World State is Community, Identity, Stability.


    The citizens of The World State use a calendar which takes the year

    1908 as its
    starting point, as this was the first year in which the
    Model T automobile was produced by the Ford Motor Company.

    According to the novel, the "Nine Years’ War" broke out in Year 141, or the

    2049 of our calendar. Very little is revealed of The Nine Years’ War, but it
    can be inferred that the conflict broke out in Europe, affected most of the planet, and
    caused massive physical damage. It is repeatedly stated that chemical and biological
    weapons were heavily used during the war, particularly in mass air-raids against cities.
    Following the war, which seems to have petered out rather than been ended by a decisive
    the global economy
    collapsed and created an
    worldwide economic crisis. To deal with the two catastrophes of the Nine Years’ War and
    the Great Economic Collapse, the new world leaders tried to forcibly impose their new
    ideologies on Earth’s populations.

    This met with widespread resistance, including large-scale riots at Golders Green and a massacre at the British Museum. Realising that they could not force people
    to adopt the new lifestyle, the World Controllers instead united the planet into the

    One World State and began a peaceful
    campaign of change. This campaign included the closing of museums, the suppression of
    almost all literature published before 2058, and the destruction of the few historical
    world monuments that had survived the Nine Years’ War.
    By the time the novel is set, The World State is fully established and
    almost all citizens of Earth are under its full control.

    Political geography

    At the time of the novel, the entire planet is united as The One World State, governed
    by ten World Controllers, headquartered in various key cities

    . A few
    isolated areas have been left as "savage reservations", including parts of New Mexico, Samoa, and a small group
    of islands off the coast of New Guinea. Toward the end of
    the novel, a conversation between John and Western Europe’s World Controller, Mustapha Mond, reveals further details of the
    World State’s political geography. Mond
    explains that areas which have very few resources or languish in unpleasant climates are
    not "civilised" by the government, as it would be uneconomical. Subsequently,
    these areas are left as reservations, and local life continues. Small islands across the
    planet, such as the Falkland Islands and the Marquesas Islands, are reserved for citizens of the
    World State who do not wish to live in, or
    do not fit into the normal society.


    The two billion inhabitants of the

    World State are rigidly divided into five classes or castes. Society is controlled by Alphas
    and their subordinates, Betas. Below them, in descending order of intelligence and
    physique, are Gammas, Deltas, and Epsilons. Each caste is further subdivided into Plus and
    Minus, and are distinguished by colour-coded work clothes. Epsilons are dressed in black,
    Deltas in khaki, Gammas in green, Betas in mulberry, and Alphas in grey. At the very
    pinnacle of society sit Alpha Double-Plus, who are destined to be the future scientists
    and top administrators of the world. People in different castes are conditioned to be
    happy in their own way – they do not feel resentment towards other castes, but rather
    feel a slight contempt for people not members of their own caste. At the same time,
    however, all members of society are repeatedly taught that everyone is equally important
    to society.

    Citizens of the

    World State
    enjoy racial harmony across the planet. Although England is seen to be mostly populated
    with Caucasians, the population also contains substantial ethnic proportions, and across
    the planet, people of different racial heritage live alongside one another in harmony.
    When visiting an electrical products factory in London, John
    witnesses Caucasians and black Senegalese working together. The only "feely"
    (see below) in the novel features a black hero with a white heroine. An official at the
    Central London Hatchery explains that Negro fetuses are easier to grow than Caucasians, as
    they are said to be hardier. In the first pages of the novel, the Director of Hatcheries
    describes how babies are grown regardless of ethnic group, and that Caucasians, Negroes,
    and Chinese are all produced in the Central London Hatchery alone.

    In addition to racial harmony, gender disparities appear to have been eliminated in The World State. Both men and women are equals in society.
    However, a third pseudo-gender has been engineered: freemartins,
    an hermaphrodidic group of humans who appear to have
    been grown as females, but have been sterilised and exhibit traits of both the male and
    female genders. While freemartins appear female, they exhibit some male characteristics,
    including the growth of facial hair.

    Ageism is a thing of the past in

    The World State. Biological engineering has
    eliminated the impact of old age upon the human body; using blood transfusions, chemical enhancements, and hormone replacement therapy, as well as the
    standard devotion to physical sports, people maintain young, strong bodies for the
    duration of their lives, and do not exhibit any physical indications of old age, even
    appearing young when they eventually expire from natural causes. Without these physical
    signs, it is virtually impossible to gauge a person’s age based on appearance, and as a
    result, ageism is non-existent.


    The World State operates a command
    , in which prices, production, and trade are all regulated by the state.
    Furthermore, the economy is based on the principles of mass
    and mass consumerism. Citizens of the World
    State have access to a vast array of very high-quality foods, goods, and services, whilst
    the manufacture and provision of these goods and services creates jobs for all members of
    society. In order to enhance consumerism and so keep the economy strong, people are
    encouraged to throw away old or damaged possessions and buy new ones. In this way, every
    citizen of the World State is kept happy, with a plentiful supply of creature comforts and
    a permanent job. Later in the novel, World Controller Mustapha
    explains that approximately one third of the global population is employed
    permanently in agricultural occupations, a surprisingly
    high proportion for such a high-tech, industrialised society.


    Culture in the

    World State
    is homogenous and appears to be fairly similar across the entire planet. Music is very popular, and makes use of the latest gadgets to
    enhance listening pleasure by adding light shows and pleasant aromas. Television and "feelies" (see below) are widespread
    throughout the
    World State. Sport is a cornerstone of culture
    and is very popular, consisting of various bizarre games played using a bewildering array
    of high-tech gadgets, in order to keep factories busy. Games such as "Centrifugal
    Bumble-Puppy", "Riemann Surface Tennis", "Escalator Squash", and "Electro-Magnetic
    Golf" are major distractions for all levels of society,
    alongside more recognisable sports, including wrestling and swimming. Citizens of the World State enjoy many frequent holidays, and global travel allows
    people to journey across the planet for relaxation. Advertisements in Western Europe are seen promoting holidays to "the
    gorgeous East"
    . One surprising holiday destination
    is a large (but apparently unimpressive) hotel complex at the North
    . It is possible that holidays to the moon are available,
    but as such trips are only given one vague, passing reference in the novel, lunar
    recreation can neither be confirmed nor denied.


    Life in the World State in (anno Ford or After Ford) A.F. 632

    dominated by very advanced technology, which influences all aspects of life. Sport is a
    pillar of the
    World State,
    consisting of various games and activities which use very high-tech equipment. Another key
    aspect of entertainment are the "feelies" – the
    high-tech version of "movies". In the
    later part of the novel, Lenina takes John to a feely, where the concept is explained.
    Users rest their hands on metal knobs protruding from the arms of their chair, allowing
    them to feel the physical sensations of the actors on-screen (these seem to be used almost
    exclusively for sexual films). Various other high-tech entertainment devices feature
    heavily in the book, including Synthetic Music Boxes, Scent Organs (musical instruments
    which combine music with pleasant aromas), Colour Organs (combining music with a dazzling
    light show), and televisions.

    Transport technology is also highly advanced. The main form of urban transport is the helicopter, with variations including "taxicopters"
    and expensive, long-range "sporticopters". For the lower castes, high-speed monorails are used to travel around the countryside. Global
    travel is conducted using rocket planes, which are colour-coded according to their

    In the Hatcheries and Conditioning Centres, advanced technology is used in the creation
    of new embryos. In addition to high-tech laboratory equipment, the Hatcheries rely on
    machines to condition bottled embryos to heat, sudden motion, and disease, allowing the
    embryos to fulfill their predestined jobs in specific climates. Newly hatched children in
    the Conditioning Centres are exposed to a variety of technologically advanced devices
    which help to mould them into their predetermined roles. In one early scene, Delta
    children are trained to hate the countryside and books through operant conditioning involving klaxons and
    electrocution. Hypnopædia is conducted using speakers
    built into the beds. The speakers themselves are fed by machines which convert printed
    material into softly spoken words.

    Other aspects of life are greatly influenced by advanced technology. Most clothes are
    made from fine synthetic materials such as acetate
    and viscose. Architecture is dominated by
    "vitra-glass" and "ferroconcrete"
    skyscrapers. Men shave using electrolytic
    and consume sex-hormone chewing gum. Citizens
    can relax using "vibro-vac" massage machines and the
    ever-present soma (the novel reveals that although this is ingested in tablet form,
    it can also be vaporised to form an anaesthetic cloud).

    The novel repeatedly explains that the reason for such advanced technology is to keep
    workers busy manufacturing products. Interestingly though, the citizens of the World State could enjoy significantly
    better devices. In a conversation towards the end of the novel, World Controller Mustapha Mond explains to John that countless plans and
    designs for more advanced technologies already exist.
    The World State could, he explains, synthetically
    manufacture all of its food products and use highly efficient labour-saving machines.
    However, more advanced technology is not developed, as the World Controllers fear that
    high-tech machines would result in people having too much time on their hands. This,
    explains Mond, is not in the
    World State’s best interests, following a previous experiment in Ireland,
    which revealed that more advanced technology simply led to widespread boredom and
    increased use of soma . Although the citizens
    of Brave New World enjoy very advanced gadgets, they
    are unaware that human technology has in fact reached an artificial peak.


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    Strauss noted that thinkers of the first rank, going back to Plato, had raised the<br /> problem of whether good and effective politicians could be completely truthful and still<br /> achieve the necessary ends of their society

    Leo Strauss

    September 20, 1899October 18, 1973

    Since his death, he has come to be regarded as an intellectual source of neoconservatism in the United States.

    Leo Strauss

    (September 20, 1899October 18, 1973), was a German-born American political philosopher who specialized in the study
    of classical philosophy. He spent most of his
    career as a Political Science Professor at the University
    of Chicago
    , where he taught several generations of devoted students, as well as
    publishing fifteen books. Since his death, he has come to be regarded as an intellectual
    source of neoconservatism in the United States.


    Leo Strauss was born in the small town of Kirchhain, Hessen, Germany, on September 20, 1899,
    to Hugo and Jennie Strauss née David. According to Allan
    ‘s 1974 obituary in Political Theory, Strauss "was raised as an
    Orthodox Jew", but in fact the family’s relationship to Orthodox practice was
    not completely faithful, and may be categorized as conservative in light of the German
    language study Mittelhessen- eine Heimat für Juden? Das Schicksal der Familie Strauss
    aus Kirchhain
    or Central Hessen- a homeland for Jews? The fate of the Strauss
    Family from Kirchhain
    by Joachim Lüders and Ariane Wehner, 1989. In "A Giving of
    Accounts", published in The College 22(1) and later reprinted in Jewish
    Philosophy and the Crisis of Modernity
    , Strauss noted he had come from a
    "conservative, even orthodox Jewish home", but one in which there was little
    Jewish knowledge beyond a strict adherence to ceremonial laws. His father and uncle
    operated a farming supply and livestock business that they inherited from their father,
    Meyer (1835-1919), a prominent and outspoken leader of the Jewish community. Leo Strauss
    would dedicate his second book to his father.

    After attending the Kirchhain Volksschule and the private, Protestant Rektoratsschule,
    Leo Strauss was enrolled at the famous Gymnasium Philippinum
    in nearby Marburg (from which Johannes Althusius and Carl J. Friedrich also
    graduated) in 1912, graduating in 1917.
    During that time, he boarded with the Marburg Cantor Strauss
    (no relation); the Cantor’s residence served as a meeting place for followers of the
    neo-Kantian philosopher, Hermann Cohen. Strauss served
    in the German army during World War One from July 5,
    1917 to December 1918.

    Strauss subsequently enrolled in the University of Hamburg,
    where he received his doctorate in 1921, his thesis "On the Problem of Knowledge in the Philosophical
    Doctrine of F. H. Jacobi" supervised by Ernst Cassirer. He also attended courses at the
    Universities of Freiburg and Marburg,
    including some by Edmund Husserl and his pupil Martin Heidegger. Strauss kept some distance from

    Heidegger. Strauss’s closest friend was Jacob Klein but he also was friendly and intellectually
    engaged with Karl Löwith, Gerhard Krüger, Julius Guttman, Hans-Georg
    , Franz Rosenzweig (to whom Strauss
    dedicated his first book), Gershom Scholem, Alexander Altmann, and the
    great Arabist Paul Kraus, who
    married Strauss’s sister Bettina (Strauss and his wife later adopted their child, when
    both parents perished in the Middle East). With several of these old friends, Strauss
    carried on vigorous epistolary exchanges later in life; many of these letters are now
    being published in the Gesammelte Schriften as well as elsewhere, some in
    translation from the German. Strauss had also been engaged in an important discourse with Carl Schmitt, who was instrumental in Strauss’ receiving a Rockefeller Fellowship; when Strauss left Germany,
    he reportedly ceased communication with Schmitt and failed to reply to his overtures.

    After receiving a Rockefeller Fellowship in 1932, Strauss left
    his position at the Academy of Jewish Research in Berlin for
    Paris. He returned to Germany only once, for a few short days 20 years later. In Paris he
    married Marie (Miriam) Bernsohn, a widow with a young child whom he had known previously
    in Germany. He adopted his wife’s son. At his death he was survived by his son Thomas, his
    daughter Jenny Strauss Clay and three grandchildren. Strauss became a lifelong friend of Alexandre Kojeve, and was on friendly terms with Raymond Aron, Alexandre
    , and Etienne Gilson. Because of the Nazi rise
    to power, he refused to return to his native country. Strauss found shelter, after some
    vicissitudes, in England, where in 1935 he gained temporary
    employment at University of Cambridge. While
    in England, he became a close friend of R. H. Tawney.

    Unable to find permanent employment in England, Strauss moved in 1937 to the United States, under the patronage of Harold Laski, who generously bestowed upon Strauss a brief
    lectureship. After a short and precarious stint as Research Fellow in the Department of
    History at Columbia University, Strauss secured a
    tenuous position at the New School for
    Social Research
    in New York City, where, between 1938 and 1948, he eked out a
    hand-to-mouth living on the political science faculty. He became a US citizen in 1944, and
    in 1949 he became a professor of political science
    at the University of Chicago and received for the first time in his life a decent living
    wage. Strauss held

    the Robert Maynard Hutchins Distinguished Service Professorship there until 1969 when
    he moved to Claremont Graduate School in
    California for a year, and then to St. John’s
    in 1970, where he was the Scott Buchanan Distinguished Scholar in Residence
    until his death in 1973.


    For Strauss, politics and philosophy were necessarily intertwined at their roots. He
    regarded the trial and death of Socrates as the moment in
    which political philosophy, as understood by Strauss, came to light. Until Socrates’ life
    and death in Athens, philosophers were relatively free to pursue the study of nature and
    politics. Strauss mentions in The City and Man that Aristotle
    traces the first philosopher concerned with politics to have been a city planner many
    generations before Socrates. Yet Socrates was not a political philosopher in the modern
    sense, Socrates did not philosophically study political phenomena; rather, Socrates was
    the first philosopher forced by the polis to treat philosophy politically. Thus Strauss
    considered one of the most important moments in the history
    of philosophy
    to be the argument by Socrates and his
    students that philosophers or scientists could not study nature
    without considering their own human nature, which, in the
    famous phrase of Aristotle, is "political." The trial of Socrates was the first
    act of "political" philosophy, and Plato’s
    dialogues were the purest form of the political treatment of philosophy, their sole
    comprehensive theme being the life and death of Socrates, the philosopher par
    for Strauss and many of his students.

    Strauss carefully distinguished "scholars" from "philosophers",
    identifying himself as a scholar. He wrote that today, most self-described philosophers
    are in actuality scholars, cautious and methodical rather than bold. He contended that
    great thinkers are bold but wary of pitfalls, whereas scholars benefit from sure ground.
    Strauss concluded that scholars exist because great thinkers disagree on fundamental
    points, and these fundamental disagreements enable scholars to reason.

    In Natural Right and History Strauss begins with a critique of the epistemology of Max Weber,
    follows with a brief engagement with the relativism of Martin Heidegger (who goes unnamed), and continues with
    a discussion of the evolution of Natural Right in analyzing the
    thought of Thomas Hobbes and John
    . He concludes by critiquing Jean-Jacques
    and Edmund Burke. At the heart of the book
    are excerpts of classical political philosophy, such as Plato, Aristotle and Cicero. A selection of
    Strauss’s essays published under the title, The Rebirth of Classical Political
    offers an introduction to his thinking: "Social Science and
    Humanism", "An Introduction to Heideggerian Existentialism", "On
    Classical Political Philosophy", "Thucydides and the Meaning of Political
    History", and "How to Begin to Study Medieval Philosophy" are among his
    topics. Much of his philosophy is a reaction to the works of

    Heidegger. Indeed, Strauss wrote that Heidegger’s thinking must be understood and
    confronted before any complete formulation of modern political theory is possible. For
    Strauss, Plato was the philosopher who could match

    Strauss partially approached the ideas of Friedrich
    and Søren Kierkegaard through his
    understanding of

    which he placed under the general rubric of "existentialism",
    a movement with a "flabby periphery" but a "hard center" (see his 1961
    essay, Relativism and the Study of Man). He wrote that Nietzsche was the first
    philosopher to properly understand relativism, an idea
    grounded in a general acceptance of Hegelian historicism. Yet Martin Heidegger sanitized and politicized Nietzsche.
    Whereas Nietzsche believed "our own principles, including the belief in progress,
    will become as relative as all earlier principles had shown themselves to be" and
    "the only way out seems to be… that one voluntarily choose life-giving delusion
    instead of deadly truth, that one fabricate a myth", Heidegger himself believed that
    the tragic nihilism of Nietzsche was itself a
    "myth" formed by mankind, not guided by the defective Western conception of Being Heidegger traced to Plato. For Strauss, as evidenced in his
    published correspondence with Alexandre Kojève, the
    possibility that Hegel was correct when he postulated an end of
    history meant an end to philosophy, and an end to nature as understood by classical
    political philosophy. Strauss was much more sympathetic to Nietzsche’s idea of tragedy in
    this prospect compared to
    Heidegger’s belief that nihilism, properly understood, contained the possibility of
    mankind’s salvation.

    Strauss on reading

    In 1952 Strauss published Persecution and the Art of
    ; a work that advanced the possibility that philosophers wrote esoterically to
    avoid persecution by the state or religious authority, while also being able to reach
    potential philosophers within the pious faithful. From this point on in his scholarship,
    Strauss deepened his conception of this means of communication between philosophers and
    "potential knowers". Stemming from his study of Maimonides
    and Al Farabi, and then extended to his reading of Plato (he
    mentions particularly the discussion of writing in the Phaedrus)
    Strauss thought that an esoteric text was the proper type for philosophic learning. Rather
    than simply outlining the philosopher’s thoughts, the esoteric text forces readers to do
    their own thinking and learning. As Socrates says in the Phaedrus, writing does not
    respond when questioned but this type of writing invites a kind of dialogue with the
    reader, thereby reducing the problems of the written word. It was therefore also a
    teaching tool, and even a filter to help prevent the creation of Alcibiades-like students. One of the political dangers Strauss
    pointed to was the danger of students’ too quickly accepting dangerous ideas. This was
    indeed also relevant in the trial of Socrates, where his relationship with Alcibiades was
    used against him.

    Ultimately, Strauss believed that philosophers offered both an "exoteric" or
    salutary teaching, and an "esoteric" or true teaching, which was concealed from
    the general reader. By maintaining this distinction, Strauss is often accused of having
    written esoterically himself. This opinion is perhaps encouraged because many of Strauss’
    works are difficult and sometimes mysterious. Moreover, a careful reading of Strauss will
    show that he also emphasized that writers using this lost form of writing often left
    contradictions and other excuses to examine the writing more carefully. There are many
    examples of this in Strauss own published works, and thus is a source for much debate
    surrounding Strauss.

    Therefore a controversy exists surrounding Strauss’ interpretation of the existing
    philosophical canon. Strauss believed that the
    writings of many philosophers contained both an exoteric and esoteric teaching which is
    often not perceived by modern academics. Most famously, he believed that Plato’s Republic should never have been read as a proposal for a real
    regime (as it is in the works of Karl Popper for example).
    But, according to Strauss, generally this kind of exoteric/esoteric dichotomy became
    unused by the time of Kant. Similarly well known are his
    espousals of the philosophical credentials of Machiavelli
    and Xenophon.

    Strauss on politics

    According to Strauss, modern Social Science was
    flawed. It claimed the ground by which truth could be discovered on an unexamined
    acceptance of the fact-value distinction.
    Strauss doubted the fact-value distinction was a fundamental category of the mind and
    studied the evolution of the concept from its roots in Enlightenment philosophy to Max Weber, a thinker Strauss credited with a "serious and
    noble mind". Weber wanted to separate values from science, but according to Strauss
    was really a derivative thinker, deeply influenced by Nietzsche’s relativism. Therefore, Strauss treated politics not as
    something that could be studied from afar. A political scientist examining politics with a
    value-free scientific eye, for Strauss, was impossible, not just a tragic self-delusion. Positivism, the heir to the traditions of both Auguste Comte and Max Weber, in making purportedly
    value-free judgments, failed the ultimate test of justifying its own existence, which
    would require a value-judgment.

    While modern liberalism had stressed the pursuit
    of individual liberty as its highest goal, Strauss felt that there should be a greater
    interest in the problem of human excellence and political virtue. Through his writings,
    Strauss constantly raised the question of how, and to what extent, freedom and excellence
    can coexist. Without deciding this issue, Strauss refused to make do with any simplistic
    or one-sided resolutions of the Socratic question: What is the good for the city and man?

    Liberalism and nihilism

    Strauss taught that liberalism in its modern form
    contained within it an intrinsic tendency towards relativism, which in turn led to two
    types of nihilism. [citation
    ] The first was a "brutal" nihilism, expressed in Nazi and Marxist regimes. These ideologies, both descendants of Enlightenment thought, tried
    to destroy all traditions, history, ethics and moral standards and replace it by force
    with a supreme authority from which nature and mankind are subjugated and conquered. [citation needed] The second type- the
    ‘gentle’ nihilism expressed in Western liberal democracies- was a kind of
    value-free aimlessness and hedonism, which he saw permeating
    the fabric of contemporary American society. [citation
    ] In the belief that 20th century relativism, scientism,
    historicism, and nihilism were all implicated in the
    deterioration of modern society and philosophy, Strauss
    sought to uncover the philosophical pathways that had led to this state. The resultant
    study lead him to revive classical political philosophy as a source by which political
    action could be judged.

    Noble lies and deadly truths

    Strauss noted that thinkers of the first rank, going back to Plato, had raised the
    problem of whether good and effective politicians could be completely truthful and still
    achieve the necessary ends of their society. By implication, Strauss asks his readers to
    consider whether

    "noble lies" have any role at all to play in uniting and guiding the polis. Are
    "myths" needed to give people meaning and purpose and to ensure a stable
    society? Or can men and women dedicated to relentlessly examining, in Nietzsche’s
    language, those "deadly truths", flourish freely? Thus, is there a limit to the
    political, and what can be known absolutely? In The City and Man, Strauss discusses
    the myths outlined in Plato’s Republic that are
    required for all governments. These include a belief that the state’s land belongs to it
    even though it was likely acquired illegitimately, and that citizenship is rooted in
    something more than the accidents of birth. Strauss has been interpreted as endorsing
    "noble lies," myths used by
    political leaders seeking to maintain a cohesive society. [1] [2] [3]

    According to Strauss, Karl Popper’s The Open Society and Its Enemies had
    mistaken the city-in-speech described in Plato’s Republic
    for a blueprint for regime reform–which it was not. Strauss quotes Cicero,
    "The Republic does not bring to light the best possible regime but rather the
    nature of political things- the nature of the city." (History of Political
    , p.68). Strauss himself argued in many publications that the city-in-speech
    was unnatural, precisely because "it is rendered possible by the abstraction from eros
    (Strauss’ italics). (HPP, p.60). The city-in-speech abstracted from eros, or
    bodily needs, thus it could never guide politics in the manner Popper claimed. Though very
    skeptical of "progress," Strauss was equally skeptical about political agendas
    of "return" (which is the term he used in contrast to progress). In fact, he was
    consistently suspicious of anything claiming to be a solution to an old political or
    philosophical problem. He spoke of the danger in trying to ever finally resolve the debate
    between rationalism and traditionalism
    in politics. In particular, along with many in the pre-World
    War II
    German Right, he feared people trying to force a "world state" to come into being in the future, thinking
    that it would inevitably become a tyranny.

    Ancients and Moderns

    Strauss constantly stressed the importance of two dichotomies in political philosophy: Athens and Jerusalem (Reason vs. Revelation) and Ancient
    versus Modern political philosophy. The "Ancients" were the Socratic
    philosophers and their intellectual heirs, and the "Moderns" start with Niccolo Machiavelli. The contrast between Ancients
    and Moderns was understood to be related to the public presentation of the possibly
    unresolvable tension between Reason and Revelation. The Socratics, reacting to the first Greek philosophers, brought philosophy back to earth, and
    hence back to the marketplace, making it more political. The Moderns reacted to the
    dominance of revelation in medieval society by promoting the
    possibilities of Reason very strongly — which in turn leads to problems in modern
    politics and society. In particular, Thomas Hobbes,
    under the influence of Bacon, re-oriented political science to what was most solid, but
    most low in man, setting a precedent for John Locke, and the later economic approach to
    political thought, such as initially in David Hume, and Adam Smith.

    Not unlike Winston Churchill, William Shakespeare, Alexis de Tocqueville, and Thomas Jefferson, Strauss believed that the vices of a
    democratic regime must be known (and not left unquestioned) so that its virtues might
    triumph. However, insofar as his teaching suggested that the argument for the pre-eminence
    of democracy is not an apodictic principle (i.e. not self
    evident or beyond contradiction), he has gained the reputation for being an enemy to

    Strauss in the Public View

    Strauss is a controversial figure,[1] not only for his political
    views, but because some of his students and their followers are themselves controversial
    public figures. Allan Bloom, best known for his critique
    of higher education The Closing of the
    American Mind
    , was very close to Strauss (their relationship is lampooned in Saul Bellow‘s quasi-biographical novel Ravelstein, where the minor character Davarr represents
    Strauss and the central character Ravelstein represents Bloom). Harry V. Jaffa, another student of Strauss, served as a
    speechwriter for 1964 Republican presidential candidate Barry
    and is a proponent of Declarationism
    constitutional theory. Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Secretary
    of Defense during the United States
    invasion of Iraq
    and later President of the World Bank,
    was briefly a student of Strauss; Wolfowitz attended two courses which Strauss taught on
    Plato and Montesquieu‘s Spirit of the Laws. James Mann claims that Wolfowitz chose the University of
    Chicago because Strauss taught there and believed him to be "a unique figure, an
    irreplaceable asset," recommended to him by teacher Allan Bloom who taught at Cornell
    when Wolfowitz was an undergraduate there. Wolfowitz himself has claimed to be more of a
    student of Albert Wohlstetter. The Pentagon’s Office of Special Plans, which worked under
    Wolfowitz to gather intelligence for the Iraq War, was headed
    by Abram Shulsky, another of Strauss’s students.[4] Harvey C. Mansfield, though never a student of
    Strauss, is a noted Straussian (as followers of Strauss frequently identify themselves)
    and prominent neoconservative whose notable students
    include Andrew Sullivan, Elliott Abrams, Alan Keyes,
    and Bill Kristol.

    Critics of Strauss also accuse him of elitism and anti-democratic sentiment. Shadia Drury, author of 1999’s Leo Strauss and the
    American Right
    , argues that Strauss taught different things to different students, and
    inculcated an elitist strain in American political leaders that is linked to imperialist
    militarism and Christian fundamentalism. Drury accuses Strauss of teaching that
    "perpetual deception of the citizens by those in power is critical because they need
    to be led, and they need strong rulers to tell them what’s good for them." Drury
    adds, "

    The Weimar Republic was his model of liberal democracy… liberalism in Weimar, in Strauss’s
    view, led ultimately to the Nazi
    Holocaust against the Jews."

    In 2004 Adam Curtis produced a
    three-part documentary for the BBC on the threat from organised terrorism called the Power
    of Nightmares
    . This television documentary claimed that Strauss’ teachings, among
    others, influenced neo-conservative and thus, United
    States foreign policy, especially following the September 11, 2001 attacks. Two students of
    Strauss, Wolfowitz and William Kristol, are cited, and
    Kristol discusses Strauss’s influence in the film. Since they were students of Strauss,
    the documentary claims that their later political views and actions are a result of
    Strauss’ philosophy and teaching. The central theme of the documentary is that the
    neoconservatives created myths to make the Soviet Union
    and terrorist organizations such as Al-Qaeda appear to be
    better organized and coordinated, as well as more threatening than they actually were, and
    that such "nightmares" enabled the neoconservatives to gain disproportionate
    power in the Reagan and George W. Bush administrations.

    Others, such as Steven Smith, question[5] the link between
    Strauss and neoconservative thought, arguing that
    Strauss was never personally active in politics, never endorsed imperialism, and
    questioned the utility of political philosophy for the practice of politics.[6]
    Those who do make such a link, Smith argues, misread Strauss’s published writings.


    The silence of a wise man is always meaningful.

    —Leo Strauss, Thoughts on Machiavelli, , U. Chicago Press, 1958, page 30

    The most superficial fact regarding the Discourses, the fact that the number of
    its chapters equals the number of books of Livy’s History, compelled us to start a
    chain of tentative reasoning which brings us suddenly face to face with the only New
    Testament quotation that ever appears in Machiavelli’s two books and with an enormous

    —Leo Strauss, Thoughts on Machiavelli, , U. Chicago Press, 1958, page 49

    [W]e believe that failing to call a spade a spade is not scientific.

    —Leo Strauss, Thoughts on Machiavelli, , U. Chicago Press, 1958, page 50

    …no bloody or unbloody change of society can eradicate the evil
    in man: as long as there will be men, there will be malice, envy and hatred, and hence
    there cannot be a society which does not have to employ coercive restraint.

    —Leo Strauss, The City and Man, page 5

    It is safer to try to understand the low in the light of the high than the high in the
    light of the low. In doing the latter one necessarily distorts the high, whereas in doing
    the former one does not deprive the low of the freedom to reveal itself as fully as what
    it is.

    —Leo Strauss, Liberalism Ancient and Modern, page 225

    Only a great fool would call the new political science diabolic: it has no attributes
    peculiar to fallen angels. It is not even Machiavellian, for Machiavelli’s teaching was
    graceful, subtle, and colorful. Nor is it Neronian. Nevertheless
    one may say of it that it fiddles while Rome burns. It is excused
    by two facts: it does not know that it fiddles, and it does not know that Rome burns.

    —Leo Strauss, Liberalism Ancient and Modern, page 223

    At the time and in the country in which the present study was written, it was granted
    by everyone except backward people that the Jewish faith had not been refuted by science
    or by history… [O]ne could grant to science and history everything they seem to teach
    regarding the age of the world, the origin of man, the impossibility of miracles, the
    impossibility of the immortality of the soul, and of the resurrection of the body, the
    Jahvist, the Elohist, the third Isaah, and so on, without abandoning one iota of the
    substance of the Jewish faith.

    —Leo Strauss, Liberalism Ancient and Modern (ISBN 0-226-77689-1),
    U. Chicago Press, 1968, page 231; from the Preface to Spinoza’s Critique of Religion

    Liberal relativism has its roots in the natural right tradition of tolerance or in the
    notion that everyone has a natural right to the pursuit of happiness as he understands
    happiness; but in itself it is a seminary of intolerance.

    —Leo Strauss, Natural Right and History

    (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1953), 6.

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    See also

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