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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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Good book for all sides to listen to. Would definetly listen to agian. Good read and good voice.

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Revealing and Articulate

I am a blue collar, 50 something babyboomer. I have, for most of my life, considered politics, the arts, and traditional religion irrelevant.
As undeniable and dramatic changes emerge in our societies, I have ventured into politics - finding the conservative policies closest to my ideals.
I started reading this book to help me outline and rehearse articulating and defending my opinions; the first two chapters helped me see patterns in the development of the troubles we currently face. The middle chapters indeed did help me in my personal politics; but what was surprising and revealing were the end chapters offering the philosophy and insight to see the true value and foundation of the society we are in grave danger of abrogating.

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  • Hannah Westby
  • 2015-01-23

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
  • 2014-10-13

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
  • 2019-01-20

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
  • 2020-01-13

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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  • mdun
  • 2016-06-23

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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  • Peter Smale
  • 2018-12-19

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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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  • George
  • 2015-11-11

Good book

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

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  • Bill Jakinovich
  • 2020-09-24

Scruton take on conservatism

This is a survey of Dr. Scruton’s view on politics, history, society, culture, etc. Expansive and intricate and deep. He covers all the important controversies of the day while outlining his general conservative perspective. I enjoyed the audible so much I am going to purchase the book.

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  • R. Shelley
  • 2020-02-12

Excellent journey through conservatism

This was the first book by Sir Roger Scruton I purchased. It is undeniably perennial 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 it's worth preserving.

Scruton shows us 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
  • 2020-01-23

A mesmerizing book

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