Watch: Noah Kristula-Green on MSNBC

January 2nd, 2012 at 1:03 am | 3 Comments |

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On the morning of January 1st, I was able to join the panel for Up With Chris Hayes on MSNBC. I’d of course recommend watching both part 1 and part 2 of the show, but if you are short on time, I’d watch part 2 since that is when Corey Robin came on to discuss his new book: The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin.

Robin’s book is interesting but it makes a bold thesis that both I and Michael Brenden Doughterty had to respond to.

Robin argues that:

Conservatism is the theoretical voice of this animus against the agency of the subordinate classes. It provides the most consistent and profound argument as to why the lower orders should not be allowed to exercise their independent will, why they should not be allowed to govern themselves or the polity. Submission is their first duty, agency, the prerogative of the elite.

You can watch my skeptical reaction to this idea in the video.

Here is also the video for part 1:

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3 Comments so far ↓

  • Reflection Ephemeral

    Congrats, hope you enjoyed yourself.

    In the segment with Robin, you point to the experience of conservatives in the UK & Germany over the years, which I think is a relevant point. In the earlier segment, though, you argued that there will always be money in campaigns, so it’s pointless to try to reduce it. But is that what conservatives in the UK & Germany, and elsewhere, think? It might be that current US law on political donations is both highly contingent and socially and morally undesirable. Your opinion, as expressed on the show, seemed to leave no room for that possibility.

    Incidentally, being on the show seems to me to have raised your profile. Over on our little blog, we’ve gotten a handful of hits in the past day from people searching for your name, combined with adjectives like “Married” and “Jewish”. Those folks probably went away disappointed; we’ve only mentioned you two or three times, and haven’t engaged in any speculation on matters concerning your personal life.

  • Clayman

    Part 2 was good where you seemed more comfortable. Was a little worriied that you would be left out of the discussion, but glad you chimed in during Part 1, with some good points.

    Keep up the good work and steer sane people in your party in the right direction. FF is the lone voice of sanity in the Republican camp. I think if you take on the loons like Limbaugh more, FF will gain traction. Unfortunately, the last time David tried it, Limbaugh handed his head to him.

  • Nanotek


    Take this for whatever its worth from a proud progressive but I’ve watched the clip several times and come away with the same reaction that I have when reading your pieces on FF: your star will rise fast and you will become well known. That you are thinking of facts (more than ideology) while listening politely, and rely on them before speaking, is obvious and appreciated. You have a first-rate mind and it is a pleasure to listen to you think aloud. Thank you for your thoughts.