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: