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Sunday, September 29, 2013

With all the "action" in Washington, a look into the Conservative Mind...

"And I think that the best model [of conservatism] is, as I said the other day, the Corey Robin notion that it’s about preserving hierarchy.” —Paul Krugman, New York Times

...a new book by Corey Robin's "The Reactionary Mind"

"Since the modern era began, men and women in subordinate positions have marched against their superiors. They have gathered under different banners—the labor movement, feminism, abolition, socialism—and shouted different slogans: freedom, equality, democracy, revolution. In virtually every instance, their superiors have resisted them. That march and démarche of democracy is one of the main stories of modern politics. And it is the second half of that story, the démarche, that drives the development of ideas we call conservative. For that is what conservatism is: a meditation on, and theoretical rendition of, the felt experience of having power, seeing it threatened, and trying to win it back. [..]

Historically, the conservative has sought to forestall the march of democracy in both the public and the private spheres, on the assumption that advances in the one necessarily spur advances in the other. Still, the more profound and prophetic stance on the right has been to cede the field of the public, if he must, but stand fast in the private. Allow men and women to become democratic citizens of the state; make sure they remain feudal subjects in the family, the factory, and the field."

http://chronicle.com/article/The-Conservative-Mind/130199/