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How to Be a Conservative

Narrated by: Ralph Lister
Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, 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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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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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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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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Superb insights for our times

Roger Scruton delivers deeply thought through responses to the major challenges of our time with the integrity and erudition of a mature philosopher. He provides a very refreshing perspective for anyone troubled by the rise of identity politics and the shallow depth of political debate that has become the norm.
The performance is good. I dropped a star because I prefer to hear the author narrating.

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Ana spéisiúl

ceapaim go bhfuil an teideal beagánín míthreorach. Phlé an t-údar coincheap tábhactach ach nuair labhraíonn sé faoi Rawls, Hagel, Marx, etc, tá ort stopigí chun tagairt

Is maith liom an leabhar, agus léfaidh mé arís agus arís eile é.

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An education

This was an excellent read. His language and references are so highbrow, that I constantly had to to look things up! This heavy topic is interspersed with humor and cynicism. Scruton breaks the book down in to analysis of nationalism, socialism, capitalism, liberalism, multiculturalism, environmentalism, internationalism and conservatism. He looks at the modern conservative in today’s materialistic society amidst the wave of ‘liberalism’ sweeping the nation.

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“But many who call themselves liberal today have little understanding of what that virtue really is. Toleration does not mean renouncing all opinions that others might find offensive. It does not mean an easy-going relativism or a belief that ‘anything goes’. On the contrary, it means accepting the rights of others to think and act in ways of which you disapprove.”

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Let there be light!

after listening to this I think most Brits are essentially conservatives..helpful and clear, well read

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  • Skyler
  • 23-01-15

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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  • John Madany
  • 13-10-14

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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  • Christin
  • 20-01-19

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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  • Wayne
  • 13-01-20

RIP Sir Roger Scruton

Conservative philosopher Roger Scruton died of cancer earlier today (January 12, 2020) at age 75. Likely the best known and most important conservative intellectual of our time Sir Roger leaves behind a wealth of publications. I selected HOW TO BE A CONSERVATIVE randomly. It is a marvelous book. Released in 2014 it defines what conservatism is compellingly. I prefer Fools, Frauds and Firebrands which is his take down of modern leftists. Being a classical liberal I've never considered myself a conservative but no matter one's political philosophy reading Scruton is always a delight.

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  • Peter Smale
  • 19-12-18

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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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  • mdun
  • 23-06-16

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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  • George
  • 11-11-15

Good book

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

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  • R. Shelley
  • 12-02-20

Excellent journey through conservatism

This was the first book of Sir Roger Scruton that I have purchased. It will undeniably be considered perineal as Scruton dives long into history, philosophy, politics, economics, religion, art, architecture, conservation and more to show us just how rich and long a history we have as a people and why there are still the people trying not to lose it.

Scruton shows us in fact how modern definitions of conservatism and liberalism sadly miss the mark and how we ought to see them in their original form in order to value and embody them better.

I will be buying paper copies from now on as there was too much I wanted to quote and nothing but audio to quote it from.

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  • Leopoldo Faiad da Cunha
  • 23-01-20

A mesmerizing book

This book is a guide for a good sense. After read it, many start to make sense.

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  • Pedro
  • 30-08-19

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.