Tag: Michael Brendan Dougherty

Steven Spielberg’s White Men of Democracy

Two weeks ago I wrote, “When Steven Spielberg makes a movie about the Holocaust, he focuses on a German. When he makes a movie about abolition, he focuses on a white man. Say what you will, he’s consistent.” My comment was inspired by historian Kate Masur’s excellent New York Times op-ed, which argued that Spielberg’s film Lincoln had essentially left African Americans offstage or in the gallery. In Spielberg’s hands, blacks see themselves get rescued by a savior who belongs to the very group that has ravaged and ruined them. Just as Jews do in Schindler’s List. The difference is that in the case of emancipation, blacks—both free and slave—were actually far more central to the process of their own […]

News of the Book

Paul Hockenos, journalist and author, reviewed The Reactionary Mind for The National, which is published out of Abu Dhabi and features a lot of great cultural reporting. His verdict? “Robin, a New York-based political scientist and regular contributor to publications like The Nation and the London Review of Books, has written an original book with an armful of theses that shed revealing light on the whys and wherefores of right-wing politics in the United States and beyond.” Andrew Tonkovich interviewed me for his show Bibliocracy, which airs on KPFK out in Los Angeles. It was a fun interview, in which he had me read some passages from the book. Listen here (link should be good for another 90 days). David […]

My Bloggingheads Debut!

Conservative journalist Michael Brendan Dougherty, who happens to be the politics editor at Business Insider, and I rapped on Bloggingheads about violence, the market, and the right—as well as Michael’s crazy funky love. [vodpod id=Video.16279875&w=425&h=350&fv=diavlogid%3D9348%26amp%3Bfile%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fbloggingheads.tv%2Fplaylist.php%2F9348%2F00%3A00%2F57%3A31%26amp%3Bconfig%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fstatic.bloggingheads.tv%2Framon%2F_live%2Ffiles%2F2012%2Foffsite_config.xml%26amp%3Btopics%3Dfalse] Washington Squares, posted with vodpod

My Appearance on Up With Chris Hayes

Here’s the video of my appearance on New Year’s Day on Up With Chris Hayes. I got to talk Reactionary Mind with Chris and a panel of guests that included Amanda Marcotte, feminist blogger extraordinaire; Noah Kristula-Green, managing editor of FrumForum; and Michael Brendan Dougherty, political editor of Business Insider. Amanda’s on the left, Noah and Michael are on the right. Politically speaking. [vodpod id=Video.15898452&w=425&h=350&fv=launch%3D45840921%5E581803%5E2531331%26amp%3Bwidth%3D420%26amp%3Bheight%3D245]