The reactionary mind : conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin


    • Robin, Corey


The reactionary mind : conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin

Corey Robin

Oxford University Press, c2011

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Includes bibliographical references and index



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.


  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Profiles in Reaction
  • Conservatism and Counterrevolution
  • The First Counterrevolutionary
  • Garbage and Gravitas
  • Inside Out
  • The Ex-Cons
  • Affirmative Action Baby
  • Part 2: The Virtues of Violence
  • A Color-Coded Genocide
  • Remembrance of Empires Past
  • Protocols of Machismo
  • Potomac Fever
  • Easy to Be Hard
  • Conclusion

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    • 9780199793747
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  • 出版地
    New York
  • ページ数/冊数
    xiii, 290 p.
  • 大きさ
    22 cm
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