In the essays collected in Persecution and the Art of Writing, Leo Strauss rediscovered how the classic political philosophers conveyed their teaching under illiberal conditions. In varying degrees they used devices of politic and pedagogic irony. We can see a glimpse of the phenomenon on display in Bob Dylan’s performance before a large audience in Beijing, explicated by Terry Mattingly and Ron Gluckman.
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“Arise and take our stand for freedom as in the olden time.” Winston Churchill
“Proclaim Liberty throughout All the land unto All the Inhabitants Thereof.” Inscription on the Liberty Bell