Jan 4, 2012 at 7:30 pm
Same as the Old Boss: On the Very Rich History of the Right
With Corey Robin, Doug Henwood,Christian Parenti and Rachael Rakes.
Rarely has a GOP presidential primary offered such vista of folly, arrogance, ignorance, and outright political self-destruction. The party’s tether to big business is more closedly transparent than ever, yet the year-long parade of postures carries on. What are the deeper roots of this nauseating season of political theater?
In a conversation moderated by journalist Christian Parenti, political scientist Corey Robin will speak with leftist economist (and former conservative) Doug Henwood about the history of reactionary theory, the creation of the right wing, and the role of the ruling class in fostering the conservative movement.
This discussion was organized by Rachael Rakes.
Corey Robin teaches political science at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center. He is the author of The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin and Fear: The History of a Political Idea. He is a frequent contributor to the London Review of Books and The Nation. He blogs at coreyrobin.com.
Doug Henwood is the editor of the Left Business Observer, a contributing editor of The Nation, and host of a radio weekly program on KPFA. (The radio show is archived here.) His book Wall Street was published by Verso in June 1997; it went out of print in 2005 and is now available for free download. His social atlas of the U.S., The State of the USA, was published by Simon & Schuster in the fall of 1994. His latest effort, After the New Economy, was published in 2003 by The New Press. Next on the to-do list: returning to the temporarily postponed book on the current American ruling class, whoever that might be.
Christian Parenti, author of the recently published Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence (Nation Books), is a contributing editor at the Nation magazine, a Puffin Writing Fellow, and a professor at the School for International Training, Graduate Institute. His articles have appeared in Fortune, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the London Review of Books, among other places.