On Sunday, September 3, we’re proud to welcome John Dean to the FDL Book Salon. He’ll be discussing his book, Conservatives Without Conscience, and answering questions in the comments section starting at 2pm PDT/5pm EDT. Dean has played an extraordinarily important role in critiquing the moral decline of the modern conservative movement, and about the book Glenn Greenwald had this to say:
With 2 1/2 years still left for this administration, the true radicalism of the administration and its followers has become unavoidably, depressingly clear, and it is equally clear that this movement has not reached anywhere near the peak of its extremism. Dean’s central thesis explains why that is so.
Dean contends, and amply documents, that the "conservative" movement has become, at its core, an authoritarian movement composed of those with a psychological and emotional need to follow a strong authority figure which provides them a sense of moral clarity and a feeling of individual power, the absence of which creates fear and insecurity in the individuals who crave it. By definition, its followers’ devotion to authority and the movement’s own power is supreme, thereby overriding the consciences of its individual members and removing any intellectual and moral limits on what will be justified in defense of their movement.
Glenn will also be hosting the first week of the Book Salon discussion on Sunday, August 27. Please mark your calendars and join us, it’s a remarkable opportunity to chat with two lively and influential voices who don’t mince words and I know you won’t want to miss it. I for one will have my party shoes on.