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Roger Scruton

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Conservatism is in many ways a philosophy of belonging. It appeals to the nation as a communal home, a vessel for culture, language, custom, tradition and all the vestiges of identity garnered from generations of shared history...
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Neither a pacifist’s nor a militant’s novel, Her Privates We is praiseworthy both for its unforgettable characters and for its compelling, if necessarily tentative, exploration of this mystery of personhood under extreme pressure... Her Privates We by Frederic Manning (272 pages, Serpent's Tail, 1999)
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According to Roger Scruton, traditions and attachments to place and home are precious as they give order and meaning to life. They fill a basic human need. Once destroyed, they cannot be brought back... G.K. Chesterton famously...
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If a university stands for anything, surely it stands for that idea of truth, as a guiding light in our darkness and the source of real knowledge... Free speech in a university is a very different thing from free speech...
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When the modern city enshrines the temporariness of facelessness as a permanently utilitarian way of life, then something has gone dreadfully wrong... The Aesthetics of Architecture by Roger Scruton (Princeton University Press, 2013)
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Without defending the citadel of the mind, how can we build a beautiful city? Without the conviction of true propositions, whence do we think beauty will come?... In Conversations with Roger Scruton (2016), Mark...
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The old curriculum, with its emphasis on hard mathematics, dead languages, ancient history, and classical music, is often portrayed today as "irrelevant," an offense to modern children, a way of belittling their world and their hopes for the future...
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In the first chapter of Understanding Media (1964), called “The Medium is the Message,” Marshall McLuhan begins the book by explaining his most famous aphorism. Over time, the proposition has acquired the status of a cliché,...
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The Ring of the Nibelung, Wagner's great cycle of operas exploring the origin of consciousness and the birth of the human world begins in the depths of the river Rhine, and also in the...
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Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Roger Scruton as he considers the conservative nature of environmentalism. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher Environmentalism has all the hallmarks of a left-wing cause: a...
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Arnold Schoenberg In Gurrelieder, Verklärte Nacht, and Pelléas et Mélisandes, Arnold Schoenberg showed total mastery of tonality and of late romantic harmony, and these great works entered the repertoire. But by the time of the...
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DE MORTUIS NIL NISI BONUM: Of the dead, nothing unless good. But you can take it too far, reinventing someone who was a power-hungry manipulator, by allowing no one to speak for him save his partisans, many...
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In the past, our musical culture had secure foundations in the church, in the concert hall, and in the home. The common practice of tonal harmony united composers, performers, and listeners in a shared language, and...
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America's British Culture, by Russell Kirk. (New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 1993) The word "culture" is used in many senses. Advocates of the multicultural curriculum cheerfully assume that they and their readers know exactly what...