What does it mean to be a conservative in an age so skeptical 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.
“Elegantly written and thought-provoking . . . I loved this book, especially the way it seems to be aimed as much at the heart as the mind. On both it has a cleansing effect, the equivalent of eating a tart lemon sorbet.” —Country Life
“Roger Scruton is that rarest of things: a first-rate philosopher who actually has a philosophy . . . one of the few intellectually authoritative voices in modern British conservatism.” —Spectator
“Roger Scruton is one of our great men of speculation.” —Standpoint
“A persuasive and poignant little book.” —The Oldie