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Roger Scruton Scandal, the “detachment of a Superior Being” faced with the Rabble.

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Fortnight’s Anger, Roger Scruton: “These commissars of political correctness aren’t fit to tie his boots.”

“Roger Scruton claimed sexual harassment “just means sexual advances made by the unattractive” and said date rape victims were “withdrawing consent in retrospect”.

Alex Wickham

BuzzFeed continues,

Conservative pundits leapt to the defence of Scruton in response to BuzzFeed News’ revelations yesterday.

The commentator Toby Young said it was “depressing to see the social media cops trawl through everything Roger Scruton’s ever written in the hope of finding things to be offended by”.

Historian Niall Ferguson praised Scruton as “the greatest living Englishman”, adding: “If only he could be prime minister.” The Guido Fawkes blog tweeted: “He is a moral giant being attacked by midgets.”

Update: Following publication of this article, Roger Scruton said in a statement:

“These highly selective quotes grossly misrepresent an entire lecture. I was in no way suggesting that victims of date rape are not victims of a crime and could have worded my point differently to make this clearer. I’ve spent my life arguing for greater respect between men and women and anyone who takes the time to read my books or listen to my lectures will realise this.”

One of Spiked’s minions writes,

Roger Scruton: thoughtcriminal?

One of his supposedly controversial comments unearthed by Buzzfeedis, ironically, about the marginalisation of conservative viewpoints. ‘In a society devoted to inclusion, the only “phobia” permitted is that of which conservatives are the target’, Scruton wrote, adding that conservatives are ‘frequently marginalised or even demonised as representatives of one of the forbidden “isms” or “phobias” of the day – racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, etc’.

Those calling for Scruton to be sacked are proving his point. You do not have to agree with a single thing he says to see that the intolerance towards his conservative views has been remarkable and alarming.

Another flunky fumes,

Don’t let the offendotrons take down Scruton

If Twitter offendotrons manage to get Maybot and Co to sack Sir Roger Scruton from his new job advising Building Better, Building Beautiful on housing policy, you can safely stick a fork in British civil society. It’s done.

Poor old Scruton:


Written by Andrew Coates

November 8, 2018 at 12:58 pm

Football: a Lament for the Two Englands.

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Pseudo-Cosmopolitan Sneers Get Robust Answer From Spiked online.


“England for him was no longer a real place, but a consecrated isle in the lake of forgetting, where the God of the English still strode through an imaginary Eden, admiring His works.”
― Roger ScrutonEngland: An Elegy


Brendan O’Neill

There’s the England where we gathered in pubs and parks to go wild for the team, and in the process made new friends, hugged strangers, helped inebriated people into Ubers, and there’s the England that frets that this heaving mass of fans will turn violent and harm women and girls.

“Human beings, in their settled condition, are animated by oikophilia: the love of the oikos, which means not only the home but the people contained in it, and the surrounding settlements that endow that home with lasting contours and an enduring smile.”
― Roger ScrutonHow to Be a Conservative


There’s the England that pursues of the promise of nationhood, and the England that views the nation as outdated. There is the England that feels national pride and sometimes even waves the English flag, and there is the England repulsed by such ‘jingoistic’ behaviour. Even in London itself, you can have a working-class estate adorned in England flags not far from Corbynista-inhabited parts of London where the only flag you’re likely to see is the EU one. Two Londons. The England that sees itself as a nation, and the England that sees itself as a small cog in the pseudo-cosmopolitan machine of Brussels whose wise counsel is apparently preferable to the opinions of ordinary Brits. Especially the ones who wave that bloody flag and beat their wives when England lose.

“When the chips are down, Orwell argued, our workers do not defend their class but their country, and they associate their country with a gentle way of life in which unusual and eccentric habits – such as not killing one another – are accepted as the way things are. In these respects, Orwell also thought, the leftist intellectuals will always misunderstand the workers, who want nothing to do with a self-vaunting disloyalty that only intellectuals can afford.”
― Roger ScrutonHow to Be a Conservative

I know which of the two Englands I prefer. Like millions of others, I experienced it many times over these past few weeks, and I know it is not the foul, prejudiced, violent land of the new technocratic elite’s nightmares, but rather is a place where people value collectivity over individual identity, talent over race, and pulling together rather than waiting to be enlightened by those who presume to know more than us. En-ger-land – it’s not so shabby.

Brendan O’Neill

For further information on the new politics of Spiked see:

Green Philosophy. Roger Scruton. A Critical Left Review.

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Green Philosophy. Roger Scruton. How to Think Seriously about the Planet. Atlantic Books. 2012.

“Enforced destruction. Old industries have to be harshly eliminated. New markets have to be forcibly claimed. Old markets have to be re-exploited. Destroy the past, make the future.”

Cosmopolis. Don DeLillo. 2003.

The Big Society is “waffle”. Dr Rowan Williams, a specialist in what Roger Scruton has called a branch of learning “surrounded with fictitious scholarship”, and “secured against disproof”, speaks with authority. (Page 170 The Uses of Pessimism. 2010)

Should we dismiss the Conservative thinker’s latest book in the same vein? To the casual reader Green Philosophy bears the hallmarks of David Cameron’s Big Idea. Scruton extols the virtues of “oikophilia”(love of home) as a way of thinking about ecology. “I defend local initiatives, against global schemes, civil association against political activism, and small-scale institutions of friendship against large-scale and purpose-driven campaigns.”(Page 3) He is rooted in “conservative ideas about the ‘respect for the dead, the little platoons’ and the voice of tradition” (Page 215).

Those “subdivisions”, by which “we proceed towards a love of our country”, as Edmund Burke put it, were summoned by David Cameron to help out with reduced public services. Their success has not been widely noted. Could they deal better with global ecological crises, with climate change, with the degradation of environment, population growth, species extinction, with over-exploitation or natural resources? Lacking Scruton’s sense of “piety, humility, morality” (Debate with Dawkins and Hitchens 2009) we might be inclined to describe the conservative philosopher’s writing as, following the Archbishop, more flannel.

But that said, Green Philosophy goes to the root of many issues. As Jonathan Reé says, “if you think Scruton can be dismissed as a churlish little-Englander you’re in for a big surprise.” “Read his books without prejudice (against Scruton’s own view that such pre-judging can contain the sediment of good sense – A.C) and you will find him lucid and informative, companionable, learned and urbane.” (Guardian 28.12.11).

The owner of a Wiltshire farm may always tend to divide the sheep from the goats. The long war against the left, those who “‘struggle’ with the hierarchies and structures”, is not over. Yet he expands his camp by the observation that “environmental problems are problems of morality not economics”(Page 85). That they are grounded in universal human desires, “the existential condition and self-identity of the subject”(Page 185) And that, “love of the oikos, which means not only the home by the people contained in it, and the surrounding settlements that endow that home with lasting contours and an enduring smile. The oikos is the place that is not just mine and yours but ours.”(Page 227) The former Professor of Aesthetics talks, rightly in our view, of the “Centrality of beauty to home-building and therefore to establishing a shared environment. “(Page 263) He offers a hand of companionship from the right to the left “The real evil against which both sides should be united is the habit of treating the earth as a thing to be used but not revered. Instead they are fighting over competing claims to use it.”(Page 81)

Green Philosophy is published in a very particular environment. Green politics are in a set of multiple dilemmas. The values of decentralisation, community, diversity, promoting the “health of the biosphere” and “human well-being” have not been easy to translate into practice. A critique of “productivism, consumerism and statism” sits ill with a major economic downturn. Capitalist creative destruction looks anything but a welcoming home. A past is being destroyed with no secure future in sight. With Europe in turmoil, public services slashed to pieces, mass unemployment, and rising poverty, attacks on over-consumption have limited attraction. But if anybody doubts the reality of continuing ecological degradation then they only have to look at the dying marine life of the North Sea, planetary deforestation, or the building over of the South of England.

A Right Left Alliance?

Roger Scruton has often, very often, told the story of how he came to dislike the left. His life was marked by Paris 1968. When his “contemporaries were manning barricades, smashing care and shops, assaulting policemen, and dressing in the obligatory denim uniforms of the new proletariat on the march” (Page 55 The Uses of Pessimism). The young Scruton, Wikipedia cites, was “was disgusted by it, and thought there must be a way back to the defence of western civilization against these things. That’s when I became a conservative. I knew I wanted to conserve things rather than pull them down.” Ever since he has tried to explain the left’s “failure of reason”, in terms of a “deep mental aberration” “the utopian fallacy.” As Editor of the Salisbury Review, he opposed “the peace movement, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, egalitarianism, feminism, foreign aid, multiculturalism, and modernism.” Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Andrew Coates

July 7, 2012 at 10:34 am