n+1: Corey Robin and Keith Gessen

In celebration of the latest issue of n+1, editor Keith Gessen appears with Corey Robin to discuss the second edition of Robin's book The Reactionary Mind

Tracing conservatism back to its roots in the reaction against the French Revolution, Robin argues that the right is fundamentally inspired by a hostility to emancipating the lower orders. Some conservatives endorse the free market, others oppose it. Some criticize the state, others celebrate it. Underlying these differences is the impulse to defend power and privilege against movements demanding freedom and equality. 

Written by a keen, highly regarded observer of the contemporary political scene, The Reactionary Mind ranges widely, from Edmund Burke to Antonin Scalia, from John C. Calhoun to Ayn Rand. It advances the notion that all rightwing ideologies, from the eighteenth century through today, are historical improvisations on a theme: the felt experience of having power, seeing it threatened, and trying to win it back.

Corey Robin teaches political science at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center. His writings have appeared in the New York TimesHarper's, and the London Review of Books

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The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Donald Trump By Corey Robin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780190692001
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - November 10th, 2017