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By Roger Scruton | Comments: ( 110 ) | Date: ( Oct 21, 2019 )

The thinkers who have been most influential on the attitudes of the New Left are examined in this study by one of the leading critics of leftist orientations in modern Western civilization Scruton begins with a ruthless analysis of New Leftism and concludes with a critique of the key strands in its thinking He conducts a reappraisal of such major left wing thinkers as EThe thinkers who have been most influential on the attitudes of the New Left are examined in this study by one of the leading critics of leftist orientations in modern Western civilization Scruton begins with a ruthless analysis of New Leftism and concludes with a critique of the key strands in its thinking He conducts a reappraisal of such major left wing thinkers as E P Thompson, Ronald Dworkin, R D Laing, Jurgen Habermas, Gyorgy Lukacs, Jean Paul Sartre, Jacques Derrida, Slavoj Zizek, Ralph Milliband and Eric Hobsbawm In addition to assessments of these thinkers philosophical and political contributions, the book contains a biographical and bibliographical section summarizing their careers and most important writings.In Thinkers of the New Left Scruton asks, what does the Left look like today and as it has evolved since 1989 He charts the transfer of grievances from the working class to women, gays and immigrants, asks what can we put in the place of radical egalitarianism, and what explains the continued dominance of antinomian attitudes in the intellectual world Can there be any foundation for resistance to the leftist agenda without religious faith Scruton s exploration of these important issues is written with skill, perception and at all times with pellucid clarity The result is a devastating critique of modern left wing thinking.


  • Title: Fools, Frauds and Firebrands: Thinkers of the New Left
  • Author: Roger Scruton
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  • Page: 218
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Roger Scruton

Roger Vernon Scruton is a self employed English philosopher and writer, known in the UK as a key figure in the New Right in the 1980s and 1990s He currently lives in rural Wiltshire, but was a professor of philosophy at Boston University from 1992 to 1995, and subsequently a professor at Birkbeck College, London.



Comments Fools, Frauds and Firebrands: Thinkers of the New Left

  • Steve

    The boot goes in. Hobsbawn, Galbraith, Sartre, Foucault, Habermas, the Post-Modern left, Gramsci and Said, oh and Zizek. There's the body count. Scruton gives us thorough overviews of each of his victim's, calmly dissecting as he goes along.Scruton is one of the few sane conservative minds of the day and all of his books are worth a look.


  • Sam Eccleston

    For those, like me, who were forced to wade through the product of the 'nonsense machine' overseen by Lacan, Deleuze et al at University, this book is a long-overdue expose of perhaps the grandest example of intellectual charlatanry in modern times. Scruton ruthlessly exposes the absurd ideas and vacuous, incoherent prose commonly produced by prominent left wing intellectuals, and draws attention, where necessary, to the role many have played in defending the bloody tyrannies which characterised [...]


  • Stephen

    An excellent overview of leftist thinkers that, if you approach it with an open mind, will help you see their flaws rather than to dismiss them outright. Scruton is fair, if at times narrow in his approach. For me, he need not convince me of Badiou and Zizek; for the first, I’m already convinced he’s a fraud (compare his thoughts on Thermidor with a real historian like François Furet’s, and you’ll see the difference between a bumbler and a historian); for the second, I have no warmth or [...]


  • Nick Gibson

    Each chapter tackles a different faction of the global post-Marxist intelligentsia. For each writer, Scruton gives biographical context, describes main ideas, and engages in critique. He explains each position using direct quotes and the writer's own terms. Scruton's tone is patient, calm, and ironic - a reserve that adds force to his sometimes annihilating final lines.A positive essay concludes hundreds of pages of deconstruction, presenting an alternate vision of society in (by now familiar) L [...]


  • Owlseyes

    "Only someone raised in the anglosphere could believe, as I believed in the aftermath of 1968, that the political alternative to revolutionary socialism is conservatism"in "How to be a conservative" by Roger Scruton"The great intellectual advantage of socialism is obvious. Through its ability to align itself with ideals that every man can recognize, socialism has been able to perpetuate the belief in its moral purity, despite crime upon crime committed in its name. That a socialist revolution ma [...]


  • Christopher Blosser

    The original publication of Scruton's Thinkers of the New Left in 1985 reportedly "brought his career as an academic philosopher to an end", say Roger Scruton in an interview with Ricochet. This is not to say he was censored outright ("the people on the left don't 'censor' -- they look with compassion on your stupidity, take you quietly to the side, and recommend quietly that you retire for a while"). Rather, so great was the negative outcry from the left that his publisher eventually surrendere [...]


  • The American Conservative

    "Late in his book Scruton comments that he has searched these thinkers’ writings “in vain for a description of how the ‘equality of being’ advocated in their fraught manifestoes is to be achieved.” In the end, he says, “We know nothing of the socialist future, save only that is it both necessary and desirable.” But for that reason the socialist faith is a blind faith. Scruton knows perfectly well what he thinks is worth building—or, more to the point, conserving—and in his fina [...]


  • Nikola Todorić

    This is my first book by Roger Scruton, and he is a revelation! True conservative, intelligent and analytical, with clear writing, debunks the nonsense machine of the leftist philosophers. Brilliant book!


  • Yasiru (reviews will soon be removed and linked to blog)

    It was coming across one of those silly borderline advertisement pieces on Mashable that finally did it. Here was an article about reactions of anger from Native Americans towards a J K Rowling story (yet another of her detail-filling dalliances with what she'd have us believe is a concluded tale). Naturally the article contained a couple of Tweets, from the sort of people who use words like 'microaggression' and 'cultural appropriation' without any semblance of restraint and who can be found wh [...]


  • زهیر باقری نوع‌پرست

    در رمان «مرد تاریخ» نوشته مالکوم بردبری٬ شخصیتی به نام هووارد کرک وجود دارد که استاد جامعه شناسی است و به جامعه ای خارق العاده باور دارد که با سرنگونی سرمایه داری و از بین بردن بورژوازی حاصل می شود. جامعه ایده آلی که با توجه به رویدادهای تاریخ میتوان گفت قدری تعدیل شده است. ولی [...]


  • Gordon Riby

    Read this many years ago at university. It was a the perfect antidote to the many biased left wing lecturers I encountered during my studies.


  • Lukas op de Beke

    In this book, Roger Scruton aims to deface the thinkers of the New Left as "fools, frauds and firebrands." In my view, he succeeds, with the exception of Thompson and Ronald Dworkin. For this pair, I think the terms in the title are a tad too derisive. I know Dworkin better than Thompson, and I think Scruton doesn't do justice to Dworkin's views in political philosophy (his philosophy of law though, is a different story, and doesn't really challenge legal positivism), which is basically (luck) e [...]


  • Cicero Nogueira

    Desde a teoria e prática revolucionária de Gramsci e Habermas, passando pela paranoia do Foucault, a renúncia de tudo e todos por Sartre, ou ainda a crítica dos excessos do capitalismo da esquerda americana, é inegável a contribuição dos autores da nova esquerda na criação das reservas de mercado intelectual nas ciências humanas. Embora diferentes entre si, todos eles compartilham o marxismo como uma teologia da história, marcando a transição da era "clássica" para a "burguesa", s [...]


  • Josep Marti

    As someone who has to suffer the New Left's Newspeak and their ideological lies on a daily basis, this book has been the best piece of literature I could have read. Thank you, . Not only does it deal with the incoherence that "thinkers" like Lacan, Zizek, Foucalt, etc. show in their books, but also the extreme nonsense which is Marxism and the Leftist ideology. A concise and tremendous book. Loved it.


  • David

    In Fools, Frauds, and Firebrands, Roger Scruton offers an intellectual biography of the New Left and the Social Justice academic landscape. Though not exactly scathing, Fools offers more of a historical criticism than a critique. If not polemic, Fools wanders perilously close to being so, without stepping over the line. There is, in Fools, another example of how there is no middle ground any longer in the intellectual war for the hearts and minds of Western civilization. The Right is almost cert [...]


  • Gottfried Sam

    An excellent book by Roger Scruton. He sweeps the tradition of 20th century leftist intellectuals, their goals. As you read, the book, you will quickly realize how most of the institutions, economy and even language is labeled as bourgeois capitalist. Scruton points out, all thinkers in the left fail to explain, an alternative, make the reader to live in an abstract concept distanced from reality. He argues that, most of the thinkers fail to see the bloodshed as a result. Revolution, is their an [...]


  • Liam

    The contemporary literary intelligentsia has been informed by generations of these left leaning figures examined in Scruton's book. At the time many of these figures were breaking out, they were subversive thinkers whose works were disdained by the establishment. Scruton continues to defend the old authodoxy that has meanwhile itself become subversive. At the very least, the book shows that a lack of political diversity has seriously tarnished the respect with which we ought to hold the intellec [...]


  • Luiz Aguiar

    The author focuses his arguments in a clever way, attacking some of the most famous and also obscure new left academics. Scruton reduces their ideas to ashes, pointing out their main mistakes and inconsistencies. It's a must read for every political science, history or economics student that has to deal with a good sort of those authors during graduation or even during post-graduation programs. But of course, i also recommend you to read at least 2 or 3 books of each author Scruton criticizes, b [...]


  • John Madany

    Excellent critiqueI applaud the author for his scholarship and the effort he put into reading so much meaningless work. After reading this book I will be more able to articulate my own observations. Being a conservative is a difficult task. Now I can explain more clearly why the emperor has no clothes.


  • Bill Baar

    This is a book I'll want (and need) to read again. The New Left's writers a tough bunch to wrap yourself around and the pages on their writings can knock you out cold, but Scruton slicing through their "newspeak" a joy. Now I want to read everything Scruton's done.


  • David

    If I could recommend you one book that I read in 2015, this would be it. Absolute must-read for philosophically engaged conservatives.


  • Charles

    It is easy enough to know what the Right thinks, and why. Half a dozen recent books can easily be found explaining clearly libertarianism; or social conservatism; or “reform conservatism.” But no such thing exists for the Left. Yes, there are many books on what political ends the Left desires. I think those desires are mostly insane and fly in the face of reality. But it cannot be true that those on the Left view their desires, or what drives their desires, as either insane or senseless. And [...]


  • Thomas Achord

    Nearly everyone I know, myself included, is infected with Leftist ways of thinking. I struggle at times to find those who are not. The is especially true of many conservatives and large majorities of those who call themselves Christians. Here is Scruton describing Leftist thought:Scruton on the Left, Liberation, and Social Justice:“Leftists believe, with the Jacobins of the French Revolution, that the goods of this world are unjustly distributed, and that the fault lies not in human nature but [...]


  • Joseph Hirsch

    As an undergraduate, I wondered why the curriculum in the humanities was so narrowly focused, and why some of these alleged-brilliant minds were not only convoluted in their theories, but sometimes deliberately obtuse/obscurantist in their writing. As I progressed to graduate school, things got even worse. The "mathemes" struck me as the Leftist's attempt to give their non-theories a kind of mathematical/scientific patina. The gibberish of "the sign and the signifiier," the incessant invocation [...]


  • Dan Graser

    Philosopher Roger Scruton is truly an enigma. He frequently operates with either extreme ignorance and the arrogance that only a true dilettante could know, and other times he displays supreme clarity of thought and precision of language. Thankfully, he employs the latter in this critique of several Marxist philosophers, which he puts all under the header of, "left." This is one to take some time with and, if you're like me and haven't engaged with some of this material for a while, review what [...]


  • Greg Deane

    Scruton has mixed feelings about the historians Eric Hobsbawm and EP Thompson whom he praises for “the brilliance of their writing” but marked down for their determination to use “historical understanding as an instrument of social policy” Scruton judges the legal theorising of the “brilliant” Ronald Dworkin poses a threat to natural law through the implementation of social justice, by engineering a “special pleading for judicial activism, provided that the activists are political [...]


  • John

    I am not too familiar with all of the thinkers mentioned but have crossed paths with Sartre, Foucault, Lacan, Habermas and in lesser degree the others in books from time to time, so naturally the discussion on them caught my eye the most. Some of the thinkers, where their ideas are somewhat comprehensible, the discussion about them is the most interesting, maybe most in the beginning, but much of the discussing about them becomes quite boring in length so I was glad to finish the book. Scruton d [...]


  • Ronald J.

    Roger Scruton is a serious, erudite scholar. This is by no means an easy read, but it's worthwhile to get an understanding of how leftist thinkers have shaped the debate, and what those on the right can do to counter their attacks. I particularly enjoyed the dissection of fascism and Nazism, both ideologies of the left, not left vs. right as the leftist thinkers rewrote history (see Dinesh D'Souza's The Big Lie book for a more accessible discussion of this, along with Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fa [...]


  • Paula

    A fascinating account of the history of extreme leftists thought, with pointed commentary to show where that thought has gone radically wrong. I found it intelligent, insightful and refreshing. How I wish that I'd had this book as part of my university education. It would have been a welcome relief from the consistently lopsided liberal leaning. I hated Derrida, Said and Foucault that the majority of my professors lived and breathed. If we cannot have another C. K. Chesterton, then the world nee [...]


  • Luc

    Scruton unmasks the empty postmodern piffle of pipe-smoking Rive-Gauche caviare proletarians and other Orwellian "Newspeak". Plenty of examples of linguistic poppycocks and impenetrable gibberish. How did the likes of Lacan, Foucault, Lukacs, Zizek, Badiou and Habermas ever attract such a large following? Mystifying


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