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Fools, Frauds and Firebrands

Thinkers of the New Left
Narrated by: Rory Barnett
Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
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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 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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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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