Now we’re ready for the second installment of the Balloon-Juice book club discussion of Corey Robin’s “The Reactionary Mind”. Corey should be by in five or ten to discuss things, so fire away. I’ll put up an update in a little bit with my thoughts on the second and third chapters.
Update. Chapter 2 focuses on Hobbes and the idea of conservative as counterrevolutionary. To whet your appetite if you don’t the book yet, it ends with the words “full Hayekian monty”. Chapter 3 is on Balloon-Juice favorite Ayn Rand.
Update. I *still* have a bit of hard time integrating Rand into Burke and the others. I’m not sure that Rand *is* about preserving power, I think she’s just about some kind of adolescent fantasy of being a bad-ass. What are all of your thoughts on this?
Update. A good question from commenter birthmaker about conservatives in general:
Well, I have only finished chapter one, but I’ll chime in. It’s a bit depressing! The institutions that these writers talk about, like slavery and the monarchy, have died away. The writers were proven wrong over time. So why do we still deal with these philosophies? Why are these people still held up as justification for the modern day conservative movement, which, at its core, historically, fails? How can one expect stagnation of institutions in the march of human history ever to be successful?