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on 30 November 2009
There is a paragraph in this book which inadvertently acts as the perfect summary of it:
(I paraphrase slightly)

"The view has for a long time prevailed in England that conservatism is simply no longer available to an intelligent person as a social and political creed. Maybe, if you are an aristocrat or a child of wealthy or settled parents, you might inherit conservative beliefs. But you couldn't possibly acquire them - certainly not by a process of rational enquiry or serious thought."

The collection of personal accounts presented in this book outlines precisely this very process of how it is possible for a conservative world-view to be built upon serious thought. It will probably be an uncomfortable read for those whom conservatism is explained away as nothing more than a heartless and irrational doctrine whose obsolescence is almost at full speed; delayed only by those few dwindling adherents, usually religious zealots or the upper class. But here, Mr Scruton demonstrates in many of the chapters that conservatism is just as relevant, compassionate and rich as any other system of thought.
Highly recommended for anyone who has an interest in traditional ideas and their place in the modern world.
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