Friday, August 06, 2010
For some reason that escapes me, thus far the news has failed to reach this side of the Atlantic. Dr. Jay Kennedy, a Stanford Ph.D at the University of Manchester, in a truly amazing discovery has found secret musical codes in Plato's writings. Plato, it turns out, was a card-carrying Pythagorean who believed that science could explain everything. This implied, of course, that the Gods were not to be propitiated, a view that could well, in ancient Greece, have led to Plato's execution. So Plato promulgated his philosophy in hidden form, known to initiates but not others. It's a mind-boggling achievement.
If you're wondering what this might have to do with contemporary politics, to give just one example I hasten to remind you that the neoconservatives have deep roots in the teachings of Leo Strauss of the University of Chicago. Strauss, a Platonist, believed, to give a quick and dirty summary, that he and his acolytes were the real elite, meant to rule the world. Strauss was actually right in thinking that Platonic texts contained secret meanings, but as it turns out Strauss was completely clueless about what those meanings were. I suppose the neocons must now seek other sources of philosophical legitimacy... If you ask me, they had it coming...
The wider implications of a revolutionary reinterpretation of Plato I leave to your imagination.
I'm particularly pleased with this one and I hope you enjoy it.
Thanks for listening!