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.