In a little bit, Corey Robin will be dropping by (in the comments) to discuss his book “The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin”. Hopefully, many of you will have already read the introduction and the first chapter by now.
I found the first chapter, on conservatives and counterrevolutionaries, especially intriguing.
Update. If you don’t have the book yet check out this article for a good start on it. A good excerpt:
In defending hierarchical orders, the conservative invariably launches a counterrevolution, often requiring an overhaul of the very regime he is defending. “If we want things to stay as they are,” in Lampedusa’s classic formulation, “things will have to change.” This program entails far more than clichés about preservation through renovation would suggest: Often it requires the most radical measures on the regime’s behalf.