by Imogen Sinclair
Monday, 13
January 2020

Why we must take up Roger Scruton’s mantle

The philosopher's work belongs to the future
by Imogen Sinclair
Sir Roger Scruton’s analysis of Britain’s social condition where conservatives are being “cowed into abject conformity around a dubious set of doctrines” is devastatingly accurate. Credit: Getty
“Do you ride?” The first question he asked when I nervously introduced myself, honoured (practically apologetic) to be in his presence, 23 and from Cheshire. Damn! I didn’t. I racked my brains for other rural tokens that might endear him to his new pupil; maybe I should wear my waxed coat to my next tutorial? But before long, I got to know the real Professor Scruton who gave no cause for such nerves. An unpretentious teacher, patient and kind, but with a dry wit and robust instruction.

From one Scrutopian to others, and to readers who have yet to discover him, I say: take up his mantle. Too precious and true was his contribution to contemporary conservative thought to only treasure, protect and preserve. We must also ensure its future. Beyond his scruffy jumpers, his personal charm and intellect, Roger was evangelistic about Scrutonianism — not for commercial gain, but for the common good. Indeed, his analysis of Britain’s social condition, whereby conservatives are being “cowed into abject conformity around a dubious set of doctrines”, is devastatingly accurate.

Just as conservatism is not about conserving for the archives but for future generations, so we must not archive Roger’s legacy. In Human Nature (2017) he writes, “My freedom is not an uncaused eruption into the world of human events; it is a product of my social condition, and it brings with it the full burden of responsibility to the other.”

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That responsibility is now ours; his books should be well-thumbed, open on coffee tables, and dare I say, in the classroom. Like another of Roger’s hobbies, drinking wine, his writing performs most excellently if out of the cellar and shared among friends.

So, let’s dig deeper into his writing, which spans over 50 books and myriad disciplines. Just as I did not need to be apologetic in that first encounter, rider or not, nor need we be shy in taking up his mantle. Anything else would be a disservice to our children.

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Robert Sieger
Robert Sieger
2 years ago

Britain’s main problem. seems to me based on many of the current actors, is the result of its own post WWII immigration policies. It opened its doors and/or refused to maintain immigration controls re the Third World, partly out of guilt and partly to appease members of the British Commonwealth, and it is the descendants of these migrants to Britain who are now in the thick of the mindless violence and the Cultural Revolution going on there. This is not, of course, to diminish the role played by the same globalist, reactionary, intolerant, radical progressives (NOT “liberals”) Lasch predicted and described who pollute the United States’s coastlines and the media and industries which they control and which genuflect to them.