My reply to @Joan-Enric Torrent. Barcelona.

@Joan-Enric Torrent. Barcelona.

E.  Burke and B. Disraeli predicated their ‘Conservatism’ on a shared faith in the benevolence of a landed English aristocracy. Call it what it was a comforting political delusion . The fact of  Dickensian London coming to vivid  literary life  proves that ‘faith’ to be utterly misplaced!Or was it a product of  Dickensian political sniping at that ‘benevolent aristocracy’ ?

The genius of Disraeli was that he used his novels as a way of speculative political  thinking , no such politician, even resembling him exists today. I read Vivian Grey’ until it lapsed into a pastiche of the Gothic. Then I found the revelatory study Benjamin Disraeli: The Novel as Political Discourse by Michael Flavin:

On Roger Scruton, I read his Modern Philosophy: An Introduction and Survey until page 291 and then I gave up.,+scruton&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiPjpuVoofYAhUp54MKHTuAAgIQ6AEIKTAA#v=onepage&q=modern%20philosophy%2C%20scruton&f=false

It reminded so much of the hectoring, or more candidly, hostile rhetoric adopted by Paul Johnson in his Modern Times: A History of the World from the 1920s to the 1980s:

Johnson’s savage, indeed unrelenting, attack on Dag Hammarskjöld is representative of Johnson’s animus toward his ‘Markings’ ? Or was it the U.N.’s non-denominational chapel featuring the paintings of Mark Rothko’s, that raised Johnson’s ire?

Mr. Garton Ash, from his aerie at the ultra -reactionary Hoover Institution ( He and Fukuyama must have some compelling chats in the Versailles lunch room, or is it the catering truck in the parking lot?)

Your gush at the end of your comment:

Mr. Gaston Ash linking of Burke, Scruton and the EU, has been a conceptual surprise full of hope.

One could describe, out of many choices, the Mendacity of The Elites: Monnet’s Neo-Liberalism before the fact: the EU cartel masquerading as Federalist. And Scruton as an Enlightener. This admixture of the patently obvious offers hope?   







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Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer. 'Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.'
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