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Bit pusher at Spotify. Previously Interactive News at the New York Times, U.S. Digital Service, and Code for America.





The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin

By Corey Robin

Finished reading on June 7, 2018

Though individual chapters can be uneven, there are a few standout chapters which warrant this book a five-star rating. The first chapter provides a cogent thesis of conservatism, well and briefly defined. The chapters covering Ayn Rand and Antonin Scalia stand out from the rest as well. I envision returning to individual sections of this book many times.