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 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.

Title:How to Be a Conservative
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781472903778
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    How to Be a Conservative Reviews

  • Brendan Illis

    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 ...

  • Nick Turner

    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....

  • Charles Haywood

    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. Doubtles...

  • Nick Imrie

    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,...

  • Andrea Zuvich

    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 mor...

  • Alex Stroshine

    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 reade...

  • Owlseyes

    (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" someth...

  • Tristram Shandy

    ”Conservatism starts from a sentiment that all mature people can readily share: the sentiment that good things are easily destroyed, but not easily created.”The title of Roger Scruton’s thought-...

  • Scott

    I've been on a Scruton kick lately, and this book stands out as an exemplary place to get acclimated with his work. After a biographical introduction, Scruton explores the truth in various other polit...

  • Lukas op de Beke

    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...