This class will introduce the political right to leftists interested in knowing more about their most staunch opposition. We’ll examine some of the major conservative and reactionary intellectuals and authors, trying to understand their arguments and learning how to respond to them effectively. This will include academics and luminaries such as Edmund Burke, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Carl Schmitt along with more popular figures such as William Buckley and Thomas Sowell. The course will also help distinguish between different strands of right wing thought and politics. Attendees will learn the distinction between classical liberals, reactionaries, conservatives, the far right, and fascism. By the end one should leave with a more sophisticated and complete understanding of the political right, and be better equipped to combat and resist their arguments and positions while advocating for progress and equality.
Matt McManus is a Course Director at the University of Calgary, and the author or co-author of The Rise of Post-Modern Conservatism and Myth and Mayhem: A Leftist Critique of Jordan Peterson amongst other books.