By Harvey C. Mansfield
Behind the day-by-day headlines on presidential races and native elections is the speculation of the polity—or what the top of our politics will be. Harvard's Harvey C. Mansfield, one among America's top political theorists, explains why our quest for the nice existence needs to handle the kind of executive we search to uphold. He directs our gaze to the thinkers and philosophies and vintage works that experience proved so much influential in the course of the ages.
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In an instant, Taubes makes us reconsider Benjamin, Taubes, and Schmitt, furthermore making us reconsider how the Frankfurt School might find an unlikely ally in Schmitt (and in this echoing the much later Telos debate). For further remembering Schmitt’s friend-enemy distinction, only the friends-enemies can understand each other and work with and against each other. To understand the concrete politics, the concrete political of the modern world, the antiliberals of the modern world must engage in an ongoing constructive friend-enemy dialectic.
Carl Schmitt was after all the only person worth talking to. I felt a twinge of jealousy. For I had failed to go and visit Carl Schmitt and I somehow envied Kojève the ease with which he was able to do so. But Kojève was after all a Russian, originally Kojevnikov; he had been supervised by Jaspers in Heidelberg with a dissertation on Vladimir Soloviev, the “Russian Hegel,” and friend of Dostoevsky, hence a part of an apocalyptic nation just as Carl Schmitt was a part of a C ar l S c hm i t t: A p o c alyp t i c P rop h e t | 1 5 German empire with claims on salvation.
His reform can be summed up as the abolition of football and the introduction of Thomism. Jacques Maritain and Leo Strauss directed the Committee on Social Thought. ” lll In 1949 I went to Jerusalem as a Research Fellow with the Warburg Prize; Gershom Sholem, kabbalist and friend of Walter Benjamin, was my patron. Not only was Jerusalem a divided city in the 1940s and 1950s, but the Hebrew University had been exiled from Mount Scopus and was located in a monastery in the city center. The great library C a r l S c h m itt: A p o c aly p t i c P r o p he t | 1 0 was locked up on Mount Scopus, where an Israeli guard changed every fortnight under the supervision of the United Nations.