If case you missed it, Paul Gottfried has an interesting article up at VDare:
And here are couple follow-ups:
Race/History/Evolution Notes: “‘Alienated’ ethno-religious minorities preferring’inclusive’ anti-majority narratives”
Kevin MacDonald: “Paul Gottfried and Claes Ryn on Leo Strauss”
I’ve always found it telling that American conservatives have gravitated toward Straussian thought (e.g. see popularity of the Closing of the American Mind), which is really just re-packaged extreme liberal universalism. For instance, for Bloom, the #1 boogeyman is “historical relativism,” which translates as no ethnic identity for Westerners (although, of course, it’s allowed for Israelis), and unsurprisingly short-sighted American conservatives eat it up. Strauss & Bloom retell Western history as a war of good (universalists) vs evil (historical particularists). If you are a good conservative, the implication is, then you must submit yourself to the great matrix of universalism. In short, Straussian thought is just another facet of the Cathedral.