This tribute article was published on Merion West on June 22, 2020.
Following his death in January, Sir Roger Scruton was lauded by many commentators as one of the most important thinkers of our era. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called him “the greatest modern conservative,” while others mourned the empty space left behind by the great man’s passing. And this was deservedly so; Scruton’s many achievements were nothing short of remarkable. His life’s work was extensive and contained manifest variety, and his intellectual legacy will remain for years to come.
Yet six months later, we are forced to witness in horror the aftermath of George Floyd’s death at the hands of an American police officer. The riots and destructive movements that have followed—and which hijacked the outrage from the very start—have led many writers to wonder if we are now witnessing the downfall of Western Civilization. As such, it is perhaps worthwhile to revisit Scruton’s origins as a conservative thinker…
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by: Mark Granza
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