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First thoughts on the May 2015 election

I work in a politics department and so I am surrounded by people of the left. Much of the discussions I have been on the edge of over the last few months, as we moved towards the 2015 General Election, … Continue reading

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54 Theses on the Future

In the future we will still be dependent on the past In the future we will still be unhappy In the future we will still dream of what we will do in the future In the future we will still … Continue reading

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Review at The American Conservative

Rod Dreher at ‘The American Conservative’ website has commented on my book. It consists largely of a quote but he goes on to say that, “One rarely comes across a work of political philosophy that states such profound ideas with … Continue reading

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Positive antimodernism

Antimodernism is not simply a matter of saying ‘no’ to things. And nor is it always about excluding others. Sadly, however, these two notions – of negativity and exclusion – often seem to dominate antimodern discourse. Partly this is to … Continue reading

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Freedom

What is the connection between antimodernism and freedom? Should we just assume that antimodernists would favour constraint rather than freedom? Is there are a necessary connection between authoritarianism and antimodernism? I would argue that the link between antimodernism and freedom … Continue reading

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Doing nothing much

The biggest problem with modernism is its infatuation with the idea of progress and the belief in human perfectibility. It is this obsession that made the twentieth Century such as turbulent and violent time, with the ‘little people’ sacrificed on … Continue reading

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The love of home

Without doubt the most significant recent contribution to conservative thought in the English speaking world has come from the philosopher Roger Scruton, and this is in addition to his contributions to our understanding of both the aesthetics of music and … Continue reading

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Acceptance

Why should we assume that politics has a happy ending? Of course we believe that our views are superior to all others; why else would we adhere to them? But an antimodernist and a conservative cannot seriously believe that things … Continue reading

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Antimodernism is …

A respect for tradition The rejection of progress The belief that change can only be sanctioned if it protects or corrects existing institutions An optimism towards the past and pessimism towards the future Knowing that the past is fundamentally different … Continue reading

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Too much about race

One of the most worrying aspects about antimodernism is the all-too-ready way that both its proponents and opponents are able to link it to the issue of race. And, unfortunately, the opponents of antimodernism are able to do this largely … Continue reading

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