How to Be a Conservative

How to Be a Conservative What does it mean to be a conservative in an age so sceptical of conservatism How can we live in the presence of our canonized forefathers at a time when their cultural religious and political beques

  • Title: How to Be a Conservative
  • Author: Roger Scruton
  • ISBN: 9781472903778
  • Page: 469
  • Format: ebook
  • What does it mean to be a conservative in an age so sceptical of conservatism How can we live in the presence of our canonized forefathers at a time when their cultural, religious and political bequest is so routinely rejected With soft left liberalism as the dominant force in Western politics, what can conservatives now contribute to public debate that will not be disWhat does it mean to be a conservative in an age so sceptical of conservatism How can we live in the presence of our canonized forefathers at a time when their cultural, religious and political bequest is so routinely rejected With soft left liberalism as the dominant force in Western politics, what can conservatives now contribute to public debate that will not be dismissed as pure nostalgia In this highly personal and witty book, renowned philosopher Roger Scruton explains how to live as a conservative in spite of the pressures to exist otherwise Drawing on his own experience as a counter cultural presence in public life, Scruton argues that while humanity might survive in the absence of the conservative outlook, it certainly won t flourish How to be a conservative is not only a blueprint for modern conservatism It is a heartfelt appeal on behalf of old fashioned decencies and values, which are the bedrock of our weakened, but still enduring civilization.

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    About “Roger Scruton

    • Roger Scruton

      Roger Vernon Scruton is a self employed English philosopher and writer, known in the UK as a key figure in the New Right in the 1980s and 1990s He currently lives in rural Wiltshire, but was a professor of philosophy at Boston University from 1992 to 1995, and subsequently a professor at Birkbeck College, London.

    414 thoughts on “How to Be a Conservative

    • A bit weak to be honest. As with all books which try to articulate a conservative philosophy it runs into trouble as soon as it realises that a hall mark of conservatism is its aversion to philosophy. Conservatism, as far as it goes is the belief that things are better now than they have been in the past and change, whilst necessary, should come about in a slow and gradual fashion so as to preserve the accumulated benefits of history and avoid the pitfall of radical political experimentalism. As [...]


    • Cannot recommend this book more highly to anyone wishing to participate in politics. Scruton blows through many common arguments from the progressive left like a bulldozer through the proverbial pile of dirt. However he does more than just knock down the arguments of others, he slowly and deliberately erects, or more accurately, describes an alternative. That alternative is conservatism, the argument for which he builds from the ground up, going back to the fathers of political philosophy.


    • I like to read a wide variety of books. In "How to be a Conservative", philosopher Roger Scruton covers such topics as history, academia, religion, marriage, love, beauty, pornography, family, and more. Strangely, despite having heard good things about him from my friends who are keen on philosophy, it was the quotes by Scruton that appeared on pages I follow on Facebook (I know, I know) that made me decide to read this book. I'm glad I did because I really enjoyed it - and was surprised by how [...]


    • English traditional conservatives today exhibit a depressed passivity. They ruminate, probably with a glass of claret in hand, on how good the past was and how little can be done about today. Doubtless this enervation has to do with living in The Place Where Great Britain Used To Be, which is, like most of Europe (other than Hungary and Poland), a den of thought suppression and self-hatred, cursed with leaders who are mealy-mouthed, emasculated men and women of no use or value. Caught with wine [...]


    • In the age of Donald Trump, Breitbart, and Fox News what modern conservatives need more than ever are coherent and intelligent spokesmen and that is precisely what Sir Roger Scruton provides for readers as he makes his case in "How To Be A Conservative." Scruton begins autobiographically, detailing how he became convinced of the conservative perspective, particularly as a young man growing up in academia and during the Cold War. He then begins to make his case for conservatism, but he does so by [...]


    • (Above photos, May 1968, France)Well, he was there, witnessing students clashing with the police. But no working-class people, save the police. That made Scruton conclude they "hated" something; his posture now on shall be the search for what he "loves"; what he (truly) values. He knew that the Nazi revolution, the Chinese and the Russian revolutions, brought genocide. The experience in the East European nations (Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary) will allow him to see and experience what commu [...]


    • As a (fairly young) conservative myself, the question was not if I'd ever read this book, but when. Naturally, I had gotten my hopes up, I expected this book to capture the true spirit of conservatism. Now that I've read it, I can say that, at least for me, it fully delivered. In my view, this book contains the definitive statement of conservatism, adapted to a 21st century context. (this does not mean, I explain later, that I agree with Scruton's particular brand of conservatism.)As is often th [...]


    • I don't know if this book persuaded me to become a conservative, but I have come away with a strong impression that Roger Scruton is a thoroughly decent fellow. This book is thoughtful, compassionate, empathetic and very interesting.


    • I dipped into this because I assume it is among the most articulate, thoughtful statements of conservatism available, since the author is a philosopher by trade. It is explicitly dedicated to *British* conservatism and is eloquent, elegant prose with a great deal of thought packed into it. I found it thought-provoking and illuminating, which was helpful in evaluating what I do and don't subscribe to myself.


    • 3.5 estrelasAlguns pensamentos rápidos já que tô atrasado pro café:1- Scruton é bem didático; boa parte do livro é só ele explicando por A+B como a ideologia conservadora lida com outras ideologias: "a verdade no X, Y, Z"; ele pega coisas que considera boas no socialismo, liberalismo, globalismo, e coisas que considera ruins, e explica isso sob uma ótica conservadora2- A ideia de "coisas boas são frágeis e devem ser protegidas" é muito boa3- Pro final do livro infelizmente desce o es [...]


    • Most books on politics express one view and then go on to say why others are wrong, but this is not the case for "How to be a Conservative". Scruton goes to all the philosophies/ideologies of modernity and from them takes the good without forgetting to express the bad and the exagerations, in this way it criticizes both conservative and liberal policies, and reminds us that we can always learn from others, even when we disagree. There is a lot of good in this book, but I will say that the chapte [...]


    • Sir Roger Scruton é essencial para todos que querem entender sobre esse tão "retrógrado" conservadorismo e para quem se interessa em saber no que os conservadores acreditam. Ao contrário do que dizem por aí, ser conservador não é nada retrógrado. Não queremos voltar a viver na 'idade das trevas', como os progressistas pregam por aí. Nesse livro o leitor que queira se tornar um conservador irá encontrar belíssimos argumentos sobre a verdade do conservadorismo, socialismo, capitalismo, [...]


    • Scruton has a lot of good material here, but as a religious person, I am constantly bothered by his approach to religion. For someone so concerned with the "truth in" various things, he seems uniquely unconcerned with the truth claims of Christianity. Rather, he embraces Anglican Christianity merely for its effects on culture, patriotism, and general morality. He doesn't seem to care at all if the claims of Jesus are true or false. This purely utilitarian approach to Christianity goes against ev [...]


    • Another solid Scruton book. He explains conservatism in Burkean terms, but his views of secular government and the place of the Christian Faith are confused.


    • Roger Scruton has the remarkable ability to bring clarity to a subject which on first glance engages one on several levels. Scruton goes through a series of issues which help to explain what it means to be a conservative. He offers both a brief history of intellectual thought and some evolutions which he believes are harmful to continued success of western political systems.Democratic systems require a couple of things. First, they must start from a set of common assumptions and histories - shar [...]


    • Un gran libro de un gran tipo. Con escritura clara y comprensible, Scruton entrega ideas que provocan reflexión personal. La obra presenta ideas acerca de la economía, del nacionalismo, del socialismo, del liberalismo, del multiculturalismo, del ambientalismo, del internacionalismo y del mismo conservadurismo para terminar con consideraciones generales que sirven de conclusión razonable.Buena parte del encanto del libro es su cantidad de ideas políticamente incorrectas que le dan un cierto t [...]


    • A mixed bag. I really enjoyed the second quarter, including Scruton's analysis/critiques of socialism, encroaching government, and human rights. But lots of the second half included what felt like overly philosophical, abstract asides. I strongly disagreed with his conclusions on secularism and Christianity. Scruton recognises the role Christianity plays in growing the fruits of the institutions and traditions he loves; yet he's optimistic that those fruits can be sustained simply by encouraging [...]


    • The title of this book may cause some to balk, but it's worth reading. His format and methodology are interesting. Eight of the thirteen chapters are titled "The Truth in" with, for example, chapters on "The Truth in Socialism", "The Truth in Muticulturalism", and "The Truth in Environmentalism." It's an effort by the author to acknowledge partial truths where they exist and identify overlapping interests, which is refreshing to read. The chapter titled "Realms of Value", on its own, is worth re [...]


    • This is typical Scruton: impassioned, almost lyrical. He makes the reader comfortable but doesn’t quite make his case. Scruton comes at things from the literature of philosophy and that may just explain why he comes up short. Philosophers have forever not quite made the case nor closed the deal. They are at once irresistible and annoying.


    • Came across to me as a bit too pedantic, like an overly academic thesis -- replete with footnotes and historical and philosophical "sidebars." The back of the book describes it as "highly personal and witty", but I found it anything but. Still, it did do its job purveying some of the basic conservative tenets.


    • One of the most important messages of our time. This is not the "conservatism" that a casual observer of politics would recognize. You don't have to agree with it, but if you have some concerns about the state and future of humanity, you should read this book.


    • Besides watching a few youtube videos, this is my first exposure to the thought of Sir Roger Scruton. He's operating in a rich world of meaning, memory, and beauty. I felt like the text was beyond me, in a good way.


    • The paperback addition is a typographical travesty with oppressively narrow margins and tiny type. A single page contains 2-3 pages of comfortably set text. Combined with Scruton's fairly slow pace, it feels more like work than pleasure.


    • Great but my final thought is how do we translate it to a view of American conservatism when the history of America is so much of a wiping away with the old


    • Uma das melhores introduções ao pensamento conservador em língua portuguesa. Tenho recomendado para amigos interessados no assunto, que têm pouco tempo para ler.




    • A well fought defense of a school of thought continuously attacked by "intelligentsia" by a rare breed of philosopher. Scruton defends the need to value existing social and cultural values against new forms that mostly need to prove their worth, emphasizes the role of markets while simultaneously acknowledging the need for regulation against externalities, and resultant environmental plunder and big business lobbyism. In an era where conservatism is exclusively associated with free market econom [...]



    • Scruton talks about the truths found in many kind of '-isms' (nationalism, liberalism, capitalism and so on), and then basically goes on to argue how conservatism trumps them all.It reminded me of Christian teaching about idolatry. Some things are alright in themselves, which is what he means when he talks about 'the truths' found in each ideology, but they can be and have been perverted or misapplied at different times and places in history. Nationalism, for example, has a place in culture, as [...]


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