ON-Lion Letter

What does it mean to be a conservative in an age so skeptical 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 his highly personal and witty new book How to be a Conservative, 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.

Scruton is a visiting professor of philosophy at the University of Oxford, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC) in Washington, D.C., and a contributing editor of The New AtlantisThe Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports both EPPC and The New Atlantis.

How to be a Conservative, from Bloomsbury Publishing, 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.

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