An Invitation to the Great Tradition

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..".one of the most eloquent and even moving evocations of the conservative tradition in Western politics, philosophy and culture I have ever read...the ideal primer for those who are new to conservative ideas..." --Richard Aldous, Wall Street Journal

A brief magisterial introduction to the conservative tradition by one of Britain's leading intellectuals.

In Conservatism , Roger Scruton offers the reader an invitation into the world of political philosophy by explaining the history and evolution of the conservative movement over the centuries. With the clarity and authority of a gifted teacher, he discusses the ideology's perspective on civil society, the rule of law, freedom, morality, property, rights, and the role of the state. In a time when many claim that conservatives lack a unified intellectual belief system, this book makes a very strong case to the contrary, one that politically-minded readers will find compelling and refreshing.

Scruton analyzes the origins and development of conservatism through the philosophies and thoughts of John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, Adam Smith and Milton Friedman, among others. He shows how conservative ideas have influenced the political sector through the careers of a diverse cast of politicians, such as Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Disraeli, Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. He also takes a close look at the changing relationship between conservative politics, capitalism, and free markets in both the UK and the US. This clear, incisive guide is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand Western politics and policies, now and over the last three centuries.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : All Points Books, 2018
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250170569
Branch Call Number: 320.52 S43c
Characteristics: 164 pages ; 20 cm


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May 17, 2019

What is this "great tradition?" - of conservatism? Brace yourselves guys, it is Feudalism, or a 2-tier society of Elites and Servants. No middle class, as we have it now in Democracy. The Roman Empire was a "stable" and classic example of it, and all the feudalistic systems of the world up until the Industrial Revolution came. The Middle Class was created for the management of the Industrial Revolution, the technical development we have reached in the last 250 years. The Civic society served to remove from power (temporarily) the national aristocracies and brought in a new leadership, the New Rich of the technical era. The introduction of Communism also served to replace the national aristocracies with a new bunch, an international one. The Industrial Revolution has reached its purpose, we have all the technologies, and now "it's time" to bring back the 2-tier system, therefore, the removal of the Middle Class and of Democracy. On talk radio in 2009 I heard a few times some mentions of the planned New Age,, which will be a 2-tier society of Rulers and Servants, and they call this planned Future as: "Post-Industrial," "Post-Human" and "Post - Modern" age. That is the "great tradition," the "stability" that is being planned by the Conservatives to be brought back. Read Charles Galton Darwin's book: "The Next Million Years" to see some of the Conservative ideas. OK, so, this the present new drive for dismantling Democracy (and the common man's present Constitutional rights) by slandering Justin and the Liberals and erase our Liberties. This is that "stability", or "great tradition" these Conservative, phony books try to promote, to manipulate your minds toward voting against the Liberals next time and bring on a new/old anti-Democratic, "stable" future. Don't believe them as they praise themselves, just remember that a few years ago Harper, as soon as he had a majority government, attacked the Constitutional rights of the Common Man and minority groups. They appealed against Constitution when the Supreme Court knocked down their attempts of this kind. Vote Liberal, don't believe the sly slanderous, biased ads and distorted news against Justin. Our Democracy is being manipulated through the Media, to influence you to vote toward a hidden, planned agenda. Arthur Koestler in "The Ghost In The Machine" (1967) writes down that the "stable" 2-tier society is the real plan of the United Nations too - a slavery-like world of the future. It is ultimate Conservatism, the Fourth Reich Of The Rich. In the meantime they brainwash you thru the Media to vote toward that Plan , while imagining that You direct our future thru your duped votes. Save the Middle Class, save Democracy. Vote Justin. The Media is not your friendly guide - it dupes you. Think. I am amazed at the commentator's summary below - it's all lies about Conservatism, it's all the opposite of "humility" and "freedom," etc. - it's Elitism, Dictatorship, Discrimination, etc. Read the book of Charles Galton Darwin: "The Next Miilion Years" (1953) to have an overview of Conservative thought - it even proposes population reduction (of the common man). Conservatives propose to discard political correctness, and say to the Mosaic: criticize and beat up each other "humbly." Bravo.

Oct 19, 2018

For Roger Scruton, conservatism is the philosophy of balance - balance between equality and freedom, society and the individual, faith and reason. This conservatism begins with the virtue of humility, which opens the thinker to the best that has ever been thought. Conservatism is his introduction to the most seminal writers of the modern anti-ideological tradition, a set of guideposts pointing the way to true community and true freedom.

Scruton's survey of two centuries of conservative thought is surprisingly easy-to-read, although his narrative becomes increasingly frayed as he approaches the present, reflecting contemporary tensions within conservatism. Unfortunately, Scruton's brief descriptive overview cannot match the depth and wisdom of Russell Kirk's prescriptive The Conservative Mind, a work which he, oddly, goes out of his way to slight.

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