Leo Strauss Lecture on Gorgias (Autumn, 1963)

The Strauss lectures are intellectual treasures of political theory. There are roughly three dozen courses Strauss taught over the course of some thirty years, each of which has recordings for anywhere from half a dozen to twenty classes. Not all of the courses have complete recordings, and the quality of some of the recordings is… Continue reading Leo Strauss Lecture on Gorgias (Autumn, 1963)

Leo Strauss Lecture on Plato’s Meno (Spring 1966) by William Olson – Schaumburg, IL

Among the thousands of recorded hours of lectures by Leo Strauss compiled by the Leo Strauss Center at the University of Chicago, some of the most encompassing are the first lectures for each class. I wrote about this here in describing the lecture he gave on Natural Right in the winter of 1962. Another worth… Continue reading Leo Strauss Lecture on Plato’s Meno (Spring 1966) by William Olson – Schaumburg, IL

When Positive Science Meets Big Sport: Deflategate, by William Olson, Schaumburg, IL

Perhaps nowhere is the lunacy of big sport and the myth of positive science better evinced than in the Deflategate clowning. Fueled by the NFL’s reputation and the billions of dollars it flouts, the Wells Report, a 68-page scientific investigation of whether overpaid children swapped playing balls, hits the sweet spot. From the start, the company… Continue reading When Positive Science Meets Big Sport: Deflategate, by William Olson, Schaumburg, IL

Chicago’s gun problem a suburban problem also, by William Olson – Schaumburg, IL.

The Chicago Tribune reported a boy sitting on a picnic bench was grazed in the head by a bullet. The close calls are equally sickening. It’s time Chicago, its suburbs and state leaders reach out to Indiana to tighten the states gun sales laws. Upwards of 60% of guns recovered at crime scenes in Chicago… Continue reading Chicago’s gun problem a suburban problem also, by William Olson – Schaumburg, IL.