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Corey Robin & Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor—The Reactionary Mind


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Tracing conservatism back to its roots in the reaction against the French Revolution, Corey Robin (Brooklyn College, The Graduate Center, CUNY) argues that the right is fundamentally inspired by a hostility to emancipating the lower orders. He will be discussing these pressing issues with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (Princeton University Department of African American Studies)—we hope you can join us.

Written by a keen, highly regarded observer of the contemporary political scene, "The Reactionary Mind" (Oxford University Press) ranges widely, from Edmund Burke to Antonin Scalia, from John C. Calhoun to Ayn Rand. It advances the notion that all right-wing 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.