The National Review

Roger Scruton and the New Left, National Review. Ron Capshaw (Dec '15)

In his new book, Roger Scruton offers a diagnosis of and an antidote to the New Left.

‘ ​The important thing is that you should not argue with [Communists]. . . . Whatever you say, they have ways of twisting it into shapes which put you in some lower category of mankind, ‘Fascist,’ ‘Liberal,’ ‘Trotskyist,’ and disparage you both intellectually and personally in the process.”

Wall Street Journal Review

Groupthink in the Ivory Tower, Wall Street Journal. Barton Swaim (Dec15) 

How did an ideology supposedly predicated on struggle and revolution become the worldview of tenured professors with hefty pension plans?

In 1985, the English philosopher and polymath Roger Scruton published a book titled “Thinkers of the New Left” in which he systematically exposed the bogus intellectual underpinnings of 14 leftist intellectuals, among them Jean-Paul Sartre, Michel Foucault, György Lukács and Eric Hobsbawm.

Fools, Frauds and Firebrands by Roger Scruton review – a demolition of socialist intellectuals

Fools, Frauds and Firebrands review – a demolition of socialist intellectuals. Steven Poole for The Guardian (December 15)

The New Left is rather old news. Hence the title change for this new version of Roger Scruton’s critique of rampant intellectual socialism, which was originally published in 1985 as simply Thinkers of the New Left.

The Book Bag Review

Fools, Frauds and Firebrands - reviewed by Patricia Duffaud for The Book Bag

Thinkers of the New Left first came out in 1985, under Thatcher's government. British left-wing intellectuals gave it savage reviews. The publisher was threatened with a boycott and the book was withdrawn from bookshops. Roger Scruton feels this caused his university career to decline. In the introduction, he says he is reluctant to return to the scene of such a disaster.

Why we need grammar schools

Why we need grammar schools. Spectator Life (5 December 15)

Keeping high culture alive is vital for the preservation of peace and democracy.

The news that England is to have its first new grammar school in 50 years elicited a hostile reaction from almost the whole of the left. This was predictable. For there is a tension between our democratic culture and the kind of traditional education you’d expect to find at a good grammar school.

The Polly Toynbee Debate

Roger Scruton vs Polly Toynbee Debate

Hot on the heels of the Corbyn earthquake, this timely Guardian Live debate was refereed by LBC's James O'Brien. It took place on 19 November 2015 at Islington Assembly Hall, London.

You can listen to an audio recording of the event using this link.

Thinking Allowed on Radio 4

Frauds of the left, Siblings. Thinking Allowed, BBC Radio 4 (Dec 25) 

'Frauds' of the Left: Laurie Taylor examines the intellectual credibility of key thinkers of the New Left. Roger Scruton, argues that the modern academy is gripped by a form of 'group think' which fails to challenge the positions of theorists such as Michel Foucault and Antonio Gramsci. Has left wing fashion trumped credible argument? They're joined by Mark Fisher, Lecturer in Visual Culture at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Living with a Mind

Living with a Mind by Roger Scruton. First Things Journal (Dec 15)

"I was brought up in a culture that made no special place for the “intellectual” as a distinct human type, and which regarded learning in the same way as any other hobby: harmless and excusable, so long as you kept quiet about it.

The Edmund Burke International Summer School Programme

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****THE EBISS FULL PROGRAMME HAS NOW BEEN RELEASED**** FIND OUT MORE HERE

This event will take place between Sunday June 19th and Saturday June 25th 2016, at Bloomfield House Hotel, Co. Westmeath, Ireland.

"Why it's time to turn the music off" BBC Radio 4 A Point of View (13 Nov)

In almost every public place today the ears are assailed by the sound of pop music. In shopping malls, public houses, restaurants, hotels and elevators the ambient sound is not human conversation but the music disgorged into the air by speakers - usually invisible and inaccessible speakers that cannot be punished for their impertinence.

Latest Articles

Celebrating the Philosopher of Beauty - Epoch Times, April 17

To read the full article by Milene Fernandez at The Epoch Times please use the link below.  http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2240656-celebrating-the-philosopher-of-beauty/?utm_expid=.5zxdwnfjSHaLe_IPrO6c5w.0&utm_referrer=

Fight or flight: Strategies for traditional Conservatives - The Economist Mar 17

Does conservatism aim to uphold or to transform society? Across the West, the political right is split. Some conservatives back a status quo of globalised economies and live-and-let-live societies. Others...

Populism, VII: Representation & the people. The New Criterion Mar 17

Looking back over the events of 2016, liberal-minded commentators are apt to sound a warning against “populism,” a disorder that they observe everywhere on the right of the political spectrum....

The Russian way of lying. Spectator Life Mar 17

Perhaps the most famous paradox discovered by the Greek philosophers is that of ‘the liar’. A Cretan says that all Cretans are liars: if what he says is true, then...

Recent Books

The Ring of Truth

The Ring of Truth

Penguin Books (June 2016) Richard Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung is one of the greatest works of art created in modern times, and has fascinated both critics and devotees for...

Confessions of a Heretic

Confessions of a Heretic

Notting Hill Editions (March 2016) Twelve hard-hitting essays arising from a decade of engagement with the public culture of Britain and America that touch on matters of concern to all...

On Human Nature

On Human Nature

Princeton University Press (February 2017) In this short book, acclaimed writer and philosopher Roger Scruton presents an original and radical defense of human uniqueness. Confronting the views of evolutionary psychologists,...

2017 Events

3 May - Buckingham Philosophy Group with Sebastian Gardner

17 May - 'Why Literature Matters' New College of the Humanities Debate

18 May - Buckingham Philosophy Group with Anthony O'Hear

22-28 May - Paris

1-3 June - Brain Bar Festival, Budapest

8 June - Buckingham Philosophy Group with Robert Grant

6 July - Graduation Talk, Kings School, Chester

30 July - 8 Aug - Scrutopia Summer School

26 Apr - 'The Idea of a University- The Richmond Lectures at Bristol University

14 June - The Wagner Circle, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

22 June - The Festival of Higher Education, Wellington College

29 June - 'How to be a Conservative' The Berlin Conservative Library

2 May - A literary Dinner at Franco's

11 June - Open Farm Sunday

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