Even Narcissists Have Enemies

It’s been a long while since our last roundup of news of the book.  So here goes….

  1. Firedoglake held a salon about The Reactionary Mind today. Rick Perlstein hosted the discussion, lots of people chimed in.
  2. Thom Hartmann conducted an interview with me for his show Conversations with Great Minds. I certainly don’t have a great mind, but it was, thanks to Thom, a great conversation. Here’s Part I; here’s Part II.
  3. Paul Heideman has a really thoughtful review of the book here, one of the best I’ve read. Though Heideman has some criticisms, he gives a thorough account of the book’s argument.
  4. Jeffrey Goldfarb wrote an interesting blog post about the book, which sparked some more interesting discussion.
  5. Daniel Beland, a Canadian sociologist, wrote a good review—my first academic review in fact—in the Canadian Journal of Sociology.
  6. A Dutch magazine did a lengthy interview with me, which appears here.  In Dutch.
  7. The Reactionary Mind got a nice plug and discussion in this excellent piece in Salon about conservatism and Saul Alinsky by historian Tom Sugrue; my first book Fear: The History of a Political Idea also got a nice plug, again in Salon, in this excellent piece about unions and workplace democracy by political scientist Dorian Warren.
  8. Amanda Marcotte made some good use of The Reactionary Mind to blog about the contraception wars and the GOP.
  9. Though I’ve already blogged separately about these, I wanted to make sure they were included in this roundup. The New York Times Opinionator did a piece on The Reactionary Mind. Lots and lots of comments there. I responded to Mark Lilla’s review in the New York Review of Books, and he responded to my response.
  10. Somewhere out there is a recording of an interview I did with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. —yes, that Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.—about the book and all matters GOP. Sadly, I can’t find it anywhere…

And though this has nothing much to do with me or my book, John Holbo did a blog post about Robert Nozick and libertarianism, in the course of which he wrote:

The next time someone tells you that Corey Robin is paranoid, just explain to them that actually you are an orthodox Nozickian about these things.

Which of course made me wonder: Is everybody saying I’m paranoid?

Even narcissists have enemies…


  1. s. wallerstein February 26, 2012 at 9:26 am | #

    In the Conversations with Great Minds interview, you point out that there has been a successful backlash against the labor movement, the women’s movement and the movement for racial equality, but not against the gay rights movement.

    Why is that?

    Is the gay rights movement less threatening to the power elite?

  2. Erstwhile Anthropologist February 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm | #

    While your book is not directly mentioned in this Salin article, thought it might be of interest to the arguments made by your most recent book: http://www.salon.com/2012/02/24/the_ugly_delusions_of_the_educated_conservative/singleton/?mobile.html.

  3. Deb February 26, 2012 at 10:35 pm | #

    Check out the hateful comments about “liberals”/”gay lobby” in a story about the trial of a college student who triggered his gay roommate’s suicide by secretly filming him.

  4. Jimmy Reefercake (@JimmyReefercake) February 27, 2012 at 9:07 am | #

    maybe I am the one who is paranoid, but paranoia and ESP are related, right? interesting on the Occam’s Phaser…


  5. Cay Borduin March 1, 2012 at 11:28 am | #

    I’m guessing the RFK Jr interview was on the Ring of Fire podcast. The site keeps making my browser crash or I’d send you the link.

  6. Cliff Tassie March 1, 2012 at 11:29 am | #

    Have you ever written about how your views of the right fit, if you think they do, with Jeffrey Winters account of oligarchy throughout history?

  7. John March 2, 2012 at 12:14 am | #

    There was also this from The American Conservative: http://www.theamericanconservative.com/blog/right-minds/ (featured today in A&L Daily).

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