Fools, Frauds and Firebrands

Thinkers of the New Left
Narrated by: Rory Barnett
Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, Politics
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From one of the leading critics of leftist orientations comes a study of the thinkers who have most influenced the attitudes of the New Left. Beginning with a ruthless analysis of New Leftism and concluding with a critique of the key strands in its thinking, Roger Scruton conducts a reappraisal of such major left-wing thinkers as E. P. Thompson, Ronald Dworkin, R. D. Laing, Jurgen Habermas, Gyorgy Lukacs, Jean-Paul Sartre, Jacques Derrida, Slavoj Žižek, Ralph Milliband, and Eric Hobsbawm. In addition to assessments of these thinkers' philosophical and political contributions, the book contains a biographical and bibliographical section summarizing their careers and most important writings.

In Fools, Frauds and Firebrands Scruton asks, what does the Left look like today, and how has it evolved? He charts the transfer of grievances, from the working class to women, gays, and immigrants, asks what we can put in the place of radical egalitarianism, and what explains the continued dominance of antinomian attitudes in the intellectual world. Can there be any foundation for resistance to the leftist agenda without religious faith? Writing with great clarity, Scruton delivers a devastating critique of modern left-wing thinking.

©2015 Roger Scruton (P)2018 Tantor

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Deconstructing the New Left

I did not believe this book which was originally released late on 2015 would work well in audio format. I was wrong! The outstanding narration by Rory Barnett works beautifully. Nevertheless, I still prefer it is printed or ebook format. Best of all listen to the audio book while following along with the Kindle version.

This is my second review of a Roger Scruton book this week. FOOLS, FRAUDS AND FIREBRANDS is more difficult reading than How to Be a Conservative but the rewards make the efforts well worthwhile. Socialism, modern leftism, in all of its forms including Communism, Fascism and plain vinella socialism have failed utterly every time they have been tried. One would think that this book would be unnecessary, but the ideas of the new left simply refuse to die. Scruton thoroughly debunks new leftism by taking on and destroying the works of all of the major new left thought leaders.

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Deconstructing the Left

Though there is a full on assault of the Left/New Left, there is often a great deal of sympathy and understanding, as well--not agreement, but understanding. Well worth your time wherever your philosophy of life has steered your political positions.

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Fool, et al

Excellent drill down into the post-WWII fever swamp that now passes for contemporary philosophy. Spoiler Alert: No enemies in the left.

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Best Audible Book I’ve Read so Far

This is the best audio book I have read since subscribing to audible. Reader is fantastic as is the subject matter

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Fails to get to the heart of the matter.

Rodger Scruton is angry at the left in Academia and rightfully so unfortunately in this book he mimics the left-wing academics by giving them too much rope where they're muddled speech becomes his muddled speech; also Scruton fails to dial in who was really behind the communist left-wing academics and roll of secret societies in promoting communism and the New World Order . At the end of this book you're wondering why the left has any traction at all. Reality as mystery ....when Antony Sutton resolved these questions way back in 1982

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