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The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin

Corey Robin


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.” What is conservatism, and what is 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, this book argues that the right is fundamentally inspired by a hostility to emancipating the lower orders. Some conservatives endorse the free m ... More

Keywords: William F. Buckley, Corey Robin, capitalism, conservatism, free market, rightwing ideologies, historical improvisation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199793747
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199793747.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Corey Robin, author
Brooklyn College and Graduate Center, CUNY