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Late in life, William F. Buckley made a confession to Corey Robin. Capitalism is "boring," said the founding father of the American right. "Devoting your life to it," as conservatives do, "is horrifying if only because it's so repetitious. It's like sex." With this unlikely conversation began Robin's decade-long foray into the conservative mind. What is conservatism, and what's truly at stake for its proponents? If capitalism bores them, what excites them? 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. Despite their opposition to these movements, conservatives favor a dynamic conception of politics and society--one that involves self-transformation, violence, and war. They are also highly adaptive to new challenges and circumstances. This partiality to violence and capacity for reinvention has been critical to their success. 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. - Publisher.

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The reactionary mind
conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin
Corey Robin

Published 2011 by Oxford University Press in New York .
Written in English.

Table of Contents

Profiles in reaction
Conservatism and counterrevolution
The first counterrevolutionary
Garbage and gravitas
Inside out
The ex-cons
Affirmative action baby
Virtues of violence
A color-coded genocide
Remembrance of empires past
Protocols of machismo
Potomac fever
Easy to be hard.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.


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JC573 .R63 2011

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xiii, 290 p.
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22 x x centimeters

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