Also got tired reading this one. The old adage that where you come from dictates where you're going -- or, as Aristotle puts it, the beginning is more than half -- applies here. They approach Strauss from a conservative (re: liberal - with a small 'l') perspective, and this leads them to spend a considerable amount of time criticizing the neoconservatives for supporting (not a typo) the welfare state. Rubbish.
On the other hand, at least they have the balls to come out and call Strauss and the Neocons precisely what they are: fascists. Thompson opts for "soft fascism", and that will do, I suppose -- until they hook their harness to the likes of Beck and Palin and...
oopss... they already have.... well, scratch the "soft" then.
For those who have the fortitude to plough through yet another exegesis of Strauss' nonsensical (re: bullshit) interpretations of Plato -- based on no sound textual methods -- "good on ya, mate'.
Better to read Shadia Drury's book, which is brilliant (imho):