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How to Be a Conservative

Narrated by: Ralph Lister
Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, Politics
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What does it mean to be a conservative in an age so sceptical of conservatism? How can we live in the presence of our 'canonized forefathers' at a time when their cultural, religious and political bequest is so routinely rejected? With soft left-liberalism as the dominant force in Western politics, what can conservatives now contribute to public debate that will not be dismissed as pure nostalgia?

In this highly personal and witty book, renowned philosopher Roger Scruton explains how to live as a conservative in spite of the pressures to exist otherwise. Drawing on his own experience as a counter-cultural presence in public life, Scruton argues that while humanity might survive in the absence of the conservative outlook, it certainly won't flourish.

How to Be a Conservative is not only a blueprint for modern conservatism. It is a heartfelt appeal on behalf of old fashioned decencies and values, which are the bedrock of our weakened, but still enduring civilization.

©2014 Roger Scruton (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Refreshingly Enlightening

If you are interested in politics beyond watching the news or reading the paper, this book with worth a listen. His adroit definitions and appropriate coverage of the key points of political thought add clarity to a typically muddled group of ideas. His critique of the modern right wing is eye opening and revealing. This book has really opened my mind and I hope it opens yours.

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Coherent explanation of true conservatism

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It is work to be a conservative. Scruton does some of the work by sharing thoughtful explanations of what conservatism is. His work will help me articulate my experience as a conservative.

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A conservative values what previous generations handed down to the living generation and tries to live in a way that leaves the next generation with an inheritance rather than a debt.

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Brilliant

I thought more profoundly about society and my place in it during these few hours than I did during the entire 6 years of my university miseducation.

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Very clearly read. One comment though: it is important for listening comprehension to include sufficient pauses at ends of sections and after headings.

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Good book

Good subjects including socialism/communism vs. capitalism, Sharia vs. democracy, crony capitalism vs. free market capitalism.

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If only all conservatives were like this.

I found the author to be winsome and fair. I also though his willingness to engage the libertarian and the left-leaning people refreshing. He has chapter titles like the truth in capitalism, the truth in socialism, the truth in environmentalism, etc. He makes a good case for thinking that pure capitalism unrestrained by culture is not a good thing as well as why we should really all be conservatives if we want to achieve the goals of some environmentalists and some of the left. It also was short i.e. less than 9 hours. I think it is better than his Invitation to conservatism.

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makes sense of a a difficult and nuanced topic.

Rodger Scruton tries to describe the ineffable. He does a very good job considering the subject material which is difficult to understand. This is the type of book I will have to reread a few times in order to digest it properly.

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The difference between Civilization and Society!

A thought provoking journey to the architecture of mankind's shared purpose. This is must read for all thinking people.

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Conservatism is more than economic theory

Very thought provoking about the essence of conservative thought and action. Scruton goes beyond economic and political theory to examine the cultural aspects of conservatism.

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  • 07-03-18

Superb, it will teach you how to listen.

Whatever you think your political leanings are, put them to one side and with an open mind listen to this treasure of thought and the arguments that are derived and put for the listener to consider. At times it is heavy going and I found my self going back to get a better understanding. A great listen that should be read or listened to by all that want to have a better understanding . Roger Scruton is a man and product of our time, compellingly brilliant.

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  • 01-04-19

excellent book

we'll put together, very interesting and particularly compelling. there is a lot to think about in just this one book.

great read.

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  • Matthew of Melk
  • 09-07-15

There's still some sanity in the world ...

This is a timely and moving account of why Conservatism is both reasonable and humane. Roger Scruton takes a clear-eyed look at some very big issues that affect all our lives - the EU, immigration, the environment, human rights, religion etc. Please read this book.

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