American Conservative refers to neocon progenitor Leo Strauss as the Right's false prophet because:
the practical influence of Strauss, its manifestation as Straussianism, and Straussianism's connection with neoconservatism still present themselves as intriguing problems in contemporary American intellectual history.
Strauss' focus on "the esoteric meaning of such texts...yields an interpretative strategy both naïve and paranoid:"
Strauss's argument about esotericism is both historically and philosophically incoherent and useless in any methodological sense.
His seminal influence on the neocon movement was, perhaps, inevitable:
Finally, regarding the phenomenon of Straussianism, the cult took hold here for the same reasons that cults generally succeed in the U.S.: ignorance, inexperience, and a desire to have a simple answer to complex problems.