Sir Roger Scruton was one of Britain's finest contemporary right-wing thinkers. Although it is hard to imagine that any sort of conservative tradition endured in Britain in the second half of the 20th century, Scruton rebuilt it virtually by himself. He became redpilled by the mindless destruction of French socialists in 1968 and henceforth rejected progressivism. Even in those days he stood alone as a traditionalist in academia as he opposed pervasive communist leanings. No abuse would stop him and he applied himself to becoming an expert in the arts, religion, philosophy, and politics, eventually writing over fifty books on such diffuse subjects. I don't know how many languages he spoke but one time he declined to revise a book because his "Farsi wasn't as up to scratch as it used it be."
In the 80's he also published his own political journal along the lines of what's suggested in >>257137
, and in its early stages he wrote most of its articles himself under a pseudonym. This journal was kept going for almost twenty years. He also started his own publishing company. Heroically, he travelled behind the Iron Curtain to teach philosophy, smuggle books, and organize underground lectures for dissenters in Eastern Europe. Ironically, his "first true experience of intellectual freedom was…in Poland" because people were more open-minded toward ideas against Marxism. For these deeds he has been given awards from the Visegrád countries, including the highest Polish award for foreigners. His own country of course didn't value him as highly–Scruton was knighted only in 2016.
A true High Tory gentleman, he bought a farm and practiced fox hunting for as long as it was legal. He revolted against the modern world by becoming a connoisseur of tobacco and wine, and even composed several pieces of classical music from being self-taught. Sir Roger Scruton was by no means as radical as we'd have liked him to be, but he represented the very edge of acceptable opinion in Britain and on different occasions stepped beyond that boundary. Of course, he was hated by the left for that: just last year he was slandered by a certain George Eaton from the New Statesman
who posted snippets from an interview to paint him in as bad a light as possible, and then openly celebrated when Scruton was de-appointed from a building commission. Douglas Murray (noted author of The Strange Death of Europe
) came to his defense and, by somehow acquiring a full transcript of the interview, set things straight. Although Scruton was reappointed it's unknown whether Eaton was fired and sued as he deserved. https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/04/the-scruton-tapes-an-anatomy-of-a-modern-hit-job/
To gauge his towering intellect here's one video where he talks about music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYua80VEcBk
. One book of his I especially hope to read is Fools, Frauds and Firebrands: Thinkers of the New Left
which is a new edition of an especially controversial work where he took on postmodern philosophers of the 20th century.
Here are a two panegyrics from people I consider worthy individuals.
Samuel Gregg: https://www.lawliberty.org/2020/01/23/roger-scruton-sentinel-of-the-west/
The Distributist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svgZpUvp8ZA
Sir Roger Scruton remains a role model for all who seek to fight the intellectual war to win the West. He was one of very few in the modern world who could be truly described as a polymath, but balanced this with an astounding degree of humility and good-naturedness. He was articulate and prodigiously industrious but also kind and gentle such that it would be difficult not to like him. When Wikipedia, which generally tries to tarnish someone of his views as much as possible, cannot help but make him look like a hero, you know he's done things right. God rest his soul. Press F to pay respects.