We must feel free to express opinions and to make jokes that others may find offensive; censoring them them only leads to a loss of reasoned argument.
'Catching Up with Roger Scruton: The Philosopher as Composer and Novelist' The Catholic World Report. Christopher S. Morrissey (Oct 29)
CWR: Your new book is a fresh update on politics that begins with an amusing title: Fools, Frauds, and Firebrands. What has stayed the same about the Left since you first published Thinkers of the New Left in 1985? What has changed?
"Why we should defend the right to be offensive" BBC Radio 4 A Point of View (23 Oct)
Free speech can make for uncomfortable listening, argues Roger Scruton, but it needs to be defended even when it gives offence.
In the height of the Labour party conference, The Sunday Times News Review on Sunday 4th October featured Roger's latest essay - He’s not the Messiah, he’s the high priest of impenetrable nonsense.
For Jeremy Corbyn and his followers, it is as if the Berlin Wall never fell. For a while following the collapse of communism in Europe, it looked as though there might be an apology forthcoming from those who had devoted their intellectual and political efforts to whitewashing the Soviet Union or praising the ‘people’s republics’ of China and Vietnam.