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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 256
Remembering Roger Scruton + Reader Questions
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Greg Johnson talks to Rich Houck about the importance of the English conservative philosopher Roger Scruton, who died on January 12, 2020. Then they answer reader questions about how to persuade normies and hostiles of White Nationalism.
- 0:00: Introduction
- 0:10: Remembering Roger Scruton
- Roger Scruton’s book The Philosopher on Dover Beach
- Roger Scruton’s essay “Representation and the People” on populism
- 15:50: The American Constitutional Civil Religion
- 25:45: A normie friendly introduction to the Jewish question
- 29:25: Greg’s article “Irreconcilable Differences: The Case for Racial Divorce“
- 30:50: Abusive relationships as a model for understanding the Left’s relationship to the Right and Jewish relations to gentiles
- 33:40: The need to take one’s own side and separate from problem people
- 35:15: The psychology of codependency and white relations to non-whites
- 39:15: What do you do when Leftists call you names like “racist,” “bigot,” and “fascist”?
- 45:55: All people and nations end, so why fight the inevitable?
- 48:10: Why white demographic decline is not inevitable
- 51:05: How to get past the vile and repulsive ethos of the online Alt Right?
- Greg’s article on irony: “Postmodernism vs. Identity” Part 1 and Part 2, “Identity vs. Irony“
- 56:40: How do we deal with classical liberal individualism?
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Extremely sad about this loss. BBC has blanket black hole reporting on the topic (surprise surprise), yet pieces about Owen Jones being a completely useless gay, and Zulus having no native word for ‘dinosaur’ FFS kill me now.
I became aware of Roger Scruton because of his work in music. He’s a great conservative interpreter of the peerless European classical tradition, of which I, as a composer, am determined to keep alive and contribute to (in whatever capacity I am able). I did not even know he had died, and I follow the mainstream news daily, which goes to show just how little the standard-bearers of the fallen Western order think of him and his ideas. He will be missed.
Yes, indeed, it is noticeable how the MSM in the UK overlooks this very sad loss of an incredible mind but publishes article after article about a gay, left-wing social justice obsessive screeching incessantly and self-indulgently about how he receives online threats on a daily basis.
This is a great loss to our movement. Those not already acquainted with Scruton’s work should at least read Fools, Frauds and Firebrands, which is both instructive and entertaining. In addition to his political polemics and philosophy, Scruton’s writings on Wagner are well worth acquiring.
Scruton ranked high in the demonology of the ‘woke’ Left. London Economics Professor and noted immigrationistJonathan Portes has seized the opportunity of Scruton’s demise to accuse him of bigotry, stirring hatred against migrants and perpetuating the ‘anti-Semitic canard’ that George Soros is funding the ‘great replacement’ of European populations.
Doubtless other commentators will be wheeled out on the BBC and like-minded media to ritually denounce Scruton on the basis of their ideology and sacrosanct ‘lived experience’. We in the dissident right should cherish his memory and take up his literary legacy.
Here…here…the man is worth remembering !!!!
I very much enjoyed listening to your thoughts and discussion. Looking forward to the continuation next week.
One way I respond to knee-jerk White altruism about the poor Blacks or the desperate Latinos is to say something like this:
“You clearly have a lot of concern and care about how the attitudes and policies of White people affect non-Whites. Can you name any instances where their leaders or spokesmen show some concern and care for us?
When they have their projects and agendas and demands, have they ever shown any sign of moral questions about how it might be damaging to us?
Do you think you might be expending a lot of energy caring about groups of people that never care about you? And who might, instead, take some resentful pleasure in hurting you? And your children?”
It doesn’t produce Road To Damascus conversions, but it does introduce another dimension.
I found this a very incisive and uplifting discussion.
About who gets to survive being “our people.”
A favorite 50’s scifi movie of mine is “When Worlds Collide” (1951).
Although the possibility of other ships escaping Earth before the catastrophe is noted, the movie is about just one of those ships aiming for a new planet to carry on.
Nothing but Whites.
Another film of the genre which is equally pleasing in that regard is “Forbidden Planet” (1956).
This was a huge loss, both to the global Anglo-Occidental conservative movement, and to the life of the mind in general in the West. It was perhaps less so to white nationalism per se, though Scruton’s work (I have around a dozen of his books, mostly political; Modern Philosophy was very well written, however, so I’m sure the rest of his philosophical and cultural scholarship is top notch, too) was in most ways wholly compatible with us. I have not read enough of his work to decide if he was truly a major thinker, or simply an outstanding and amazingly/dismayingly prolific scholar and deeply insightful cultural critic. But he was certainly a rare wise voice in increasingly intemperate and insane times (“peak leftism” as I like to imagine the present moment).
I would be a great move if Boris sold the BBC to Russia. Russians have a great appreciation for Western culture, while BBC has mostly given up on it. The news division could be sold to any Western news corporation to no effect of consequence. Bloomberg might be an amusing choice.
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