Sunday, January 8, 2012

my old piece on conservatism

In light of the success of Corey Robin's book, which I'm planning on reading soon, I thought I'd link to this piece I wrote about the death of certain desirable traits within conservatism awhile back. You'll note that my piece diverges from Robin's thesis, which is in partthat conservatism never had the kind of prelapsarian identity that my piece in part alludes to. To this I would just say that my major point was identifying two major strengths typically ascribed to conservative philosophy. If this stemmed from an unrealistically positive portrayal of the intellectual roots of conservatism, that's a failing, but I'd maintain that the argument for those two major insights is still germane.

Incidentally, the date on the piece is wrong; it was published right around when Scott Brown won his Senate seat, which is referenced in the piece.

5 comments:

freeloader said...

Wish Daniel Larison and Corey Robin would discuss the book (or any other topic for that matter) on Bloggingheads.

Freddie said...

Yes! That would be awesome.

Corey Robin said...

This wasn't Bloggingheads, but Daniel and I did have a lengthy -- as in thousands of words lengthy -- exchange about my book, which did get published here in The New Inquiry. http://thenewinquiry.com/post/12282793883/redefining-the-right-wing

pogonisby said...

i was disappointed by robin's book. i thought it was lazy of him not substantially to rewrite and recast the articles which constitute it into something new and coherent. the best part is the introduction, which was written fresh. the rest is recycled.

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