The Reactionary Mind Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin

by Corey (Associate Professor of Political Science, Brooklyn College and Graduate Center, CUNY) Robin

The Reactionary Mind Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin Synopsis

What is conservatism today? And what is its lineage? In The Reactionary Mind, political scientist Corey Robin (author of the acclaimed and prize-winning Fear: The History of a Political Idea) makes a strikingly bold claim about the right's political and intellectual foundations. Robin contends that from the eighteenth century through today, the right has been united by a defense of inequality and privilege and by a deep hostility to all forms of progressive politics. The book ranges widely, covering figures as various as Edmund Burke and Antonin Scalia, John C. Calhoun and Ayn Rand, Joseph de Maistre and Phyllis Schlafly. While mindful of differences within the right, and of change across time, Robin insists upon the unifying themes of the counterrevolutionary experience -the defense of rule in the face of movements demanding freedom and equality. The variation on the right that one sees, Robin claims, is as much a product of tactical adjustment as anything else. The right has always learned from the left. Abhorring stasis, it has opted for a dynamic conception of society, involving struggle, violence, and war. This capacity for reinvention and partiality to violence has been crucial to its continued vitality.

The Reactionary Mind Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin Press Reviews

This little book will continue to spark controversy: it is a witty, erudite and opinionated account of one of the most significant movements of our time. * Joanna Bourke, Times Higher Education *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780199793747
Publication date: 29th September 2011
Author: Corey (Associate Professor of Political Science, Brooklyn College and Graduate Center, CUNY) Robin
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 304 pages
Categories: Political science & theory, Conservatism & right-of-centre democratic ideologies,

About Corey (Associate Professor of Political Science, Brooklyn College and Graduate Center, CUNY) Robin

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

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