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a political manifesto more a series of brilliant fragments of commentary on the state we are in
on 4 January 2015
This is not, of course, a political manifesto more a series of brilliant fragments of commentary on the state we are in.
The country has been moronized and degraded in virtually every sense since 1945.
Very tight controls over the content of what can be said has gone fist-in-glove with an obsession with everything global and international as a panacea. The rise of television is emblematic. The pain people feel with their lives and the world is soothed by TV as by some opiate. No government can now do without TV as a means of propaganda, social control and uniformity. People are in key senses now servile - servile to (Left) opinion, tastes, outlook, prejudices, ideology, vacuity. Never have people been so effectively disenfranchised. Never have people begged more to be enslaved - even Rome's enemies expressed a desire for freedom.
Scruton is really the first important Right intellectual figure in Britain, in recent years, to gain traction and a following by engaging with these issues.
The project might be called the counter-revolution to re-establish our borders, language and culture.
Scruton makes a fascinating reference to the Ummah and ijima of the Muslims (the search for unity and consensus) which I think explains much of the elites bahaviour in recent years. The Left has become obsessed with the violence, fanaticism and ideology of radical Islam which they see as a useful tool to hammer what remains of the Christianity and independence they hate so much. They stress that 'we all agree' as the modus operandi which reflects the Muslim view that we are all part of the one society of believers. Let's all hold hands and sing 'we are the world.'
Make no mistake - those at the top are radicals in every respect, for others that is, not themselves.
An outstanding collection of essays.