Roger Scruton – RIP – A Conservative Giant

Scruton had the honesty and common sense to jump off the radical bandwagon in the 1960s after seeing the Parisian students pretend to be proletariat warriors.  And he paid the price.  He was shunned by the academy.

I like this next quote.

The real reason people are conservatives is that they are attached to the things that they love, and want to preserve them from abuse and decay,” Scruton wrote in 2015. “They are attached to their family, their friends, their religion, and their immediate environment.

https://amgreatness.com/2020/01/18/dearest-roger-rest-in-peace/

The above article contains this quote which also seems full of common sense and honest feeling.

My final episode to recall was at and after Roger’s well-attended and insightful lecture at the Legatum Institute in London, in May 2018, discussing “The Character of Loyalty.”

He reminded us that loyalty is a fundamental virtue on which we all depend for survival because it ties families, communities, and nations together. In defining loyalty, Roger distinguished between personal loyalty, which is a vow, such as a marriage vow or family ties and national loyalty, which is a contractual commitment. The motivation for loyalty may be practical where the commitment is rational and deliberate or sentimental where the commitment may remain despite a cost or disadvantage.

“Above all,” he concluded, “loyalty is a commitment to one’s duty which may include family, friendship, career, religion or country.” These were the things that mattered most to him: first principles.

RIP

13JAN2020 – American Greatness Post of the Day – Gelato Populism

Niccolo Soldo’s article “Gelato Populism:
The Rise of Matteo Salvini” gives a good overview of Italian politics and the rise of the nationalist movement in Italy.

https://amgreatness.com/2020/01/12/gelato-populism-the-rise-of-matteo-salvini/

 

 

Another, Other Step in the Right Direction on Voter Fraud

Five states have 19 counties (probably urban centers) that have more voters registered than they have adult residents, California, Colorado, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.  The federal government is going to litigate this.  Sounds like a good idea.

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2020/01/07/five_states_face_federal_lawsuit_over_inaccurate_voter_registrations__142089.html

 

 

Claremont’s American Mind Magazine Has a Well Written Article on Tribalism

I enjoyed the section where she looked at the cognitive dissonance and panic when an academic tried to point out the equivalence between the transgender and trans-racial delusions.  Only difference; one is dogma, the other is heresy.

The Tribal Morality of Identity Politics

 

 

Another Step in the Right Direction on Voter Fraud

First Ohio, now Georgia.  That’s 98,000 fewer fake votes that can be manufactured when the Democrats are looking to steal an election.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-georgia/federal-judge-denies-bid-to-restore-98000-voters-in-u-s-state-of-georgia-idUSKBN1YW04G

Let them scream and shout about voting rights all they want.  In an age when the government and even corporations know your blood pressure GPS location, not knowing whether a voter is alive or dead, or living in another state is a fiction that no longer needs to be allowed.  Tammany Hall needs to be shut down.

Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse!

Forgive the jocularity but Alpha Orionis (aka Betelgeuse) is of course of great interest at Orion’s Cold Fire.  Sporting such an alarmist title as “Is Betelgeuse About To Explode?” I should condemn this article but as a general interest essay and coming around the time of the Star of the Magi I felt I should link to it.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/startswithabang/2019/12/25/is-betelgeuse-about-to-explode/#69d9c21d47bf

 

The ZMan Addresses the New Serfdom

A very interesting article by the ZMan on the result of only having one retailer, one bank, one local college, one local law firm.  Even the rich folks have nowhere to send some of their children to work.  He is right about this, I’ve seen it affecting even the cloud people.  Now that the working class has been liquidated, they’re coming for the rest of us.  Oh well, at least we’ll get bread and circuses for a while.

The Great Consolidation

 

20DEC2019 – American Greatness Post of the Day – Paul Bradford’s Nationalism Won

Paul Bradford’s article “Nationalism Won the British Election and It Will Win Again Here,” is a reasonably concise evaluation of the way Boris Johnson steered his party away from both the open borders of Labour and the libertarian economics of the Tories to embrace a Nationalism that successfully united the aspirations of working class and middle class voters.

https://amgreatness.com/2019/12/19/nationalism-won-the-british-election-and-it-will-win-again-here/

Bradford sums this up in his last sentence, “Put America First and curb immigration. It won in the UK, and it can win again in America.”