A controversial thinker targets the nostalgia behind our political moment from trump to brexit putin to militant islam. The shipwrecked mind on political reaction by mark lilla we dont understand the reactionary mind as a result argues mark lilla in this timely book the ideas and passions that shape todays political dramas are unintelligible to us. The introduction to mark lilas the shipwrecked mind on political reaction a book published in 2016 provides an excellent start to what i thought would be an insightful book about the mindset of reactionaries in the late 20th century and early 21st century in the united states in europe and in the islamic world. In this way the shipwrecked mind of reaction is next of kin to the reckless mind of tyrannophilia both are cautionary tales in which the illusions to which human thought is invariably prone obscure the pragmatic virtues moderation skepticism responsibility upon which politics in lillas view inevitably depends. The shipwrecked mind on political reaction by mark lilla 145 pp new york review books paper 1595 revolutionaries imagine time as a stream flowing in the direction they desire reactionaries
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