Lidt af hvert her. I den første video hører man Scruton sige: “Well, the answer was to send them back home but you can’t say that”. Og ja, det er dem, Scruton taler om:
Roger Scruton on Moral Relativism
A conversation with Roger Scruton at Gerbeaud Cafe in Budapest, Hungary on the topic of moral relativism. Hosted by the Common Sense Society on January 25, 2012.
Audio fra RSA – The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce:
RSA Keynote – 18th Jan 2012
The environment has long been the undisputed territory of the political left, which has seen the principal threats to the earth as issuing from international capitalism, consumerism and the over-exploitation of natural resources.
In his new book ‘Green Philosophy’, philosopher Roger Scruton argues that this way of thinking is fallacious, and poses a danger to the ecosystems on which we all depend.
Instead, he believes that conservatism is far better suited to tackle environmental problems than either liberalism or socialism, and argues that rather than entrusting the environment to NGOs and international committees, we must assume personal responsibility and foster local sovereignty.
People must be empowered to take charge of their environment, to care for it as a home, and to affirm themselves through the kind of local associations that have been the traditional goal of conservative politics.
The current environmental movement directs its energies at the bigger picture but fails to see that environmental problems are generated and resolved by ordinary people – and that there is an alternative path that we can take which could ensure the future safety of our planet and our species.
Speaker: Roger Scruton, writer, philosopher and author of ‘Green Philosophy: How to think seriously about the planet’ (Atlantic Books, 2012).
Chair: Matthew Taylor, chief executive, RSA.
Startes HER – åbner Windows Media Player. Varighed 46 minutter. Australske ABC Radio har lavet en udsendelse om ovenstående, men den består mest af klip fra foredraget. Audio fra 30. januar 2012 kan findes her eller her på ABCs hjemmeside.
Og en meget gammel sag fra BBC 2003 – Melvyn Bragg, Jonathan Bate, Roger Scruton, Karen Edwards:
How conservatives can help to tackle climate change
Treaty-chasing is a futile waste of time and resources – the search for clean energy begins at home
Roger Scruton – 14 February 2012
Environmental degradation has one cause above all others: the propensity of human beings to take the benefit and leave the costs to someone else, preferably someone far away in space or time, whose protests can be safely ignored. The solution is to give space to the rival tendency in human nature, which is to take charge of costs, when the costs affect one’s home. So my book Green Philosophy is an exploration of the motive I call “oikophilia”, the love of home. The propensity for settlement and stewardship is at the heart of conservative philosophy, I argue, and ought to be at the heart of Conservative politics, too.
Mere HER i The Guardian.
Schubert is needed now more than ever
The composer’s musical legacy contains more consolation for our loneliness than any other human creation.
By Roger Scruton – 11 Feb 2012
Franz Schubert excelled in every musical genre, writing string quartets that can be set beside the greatest of Haydn and Mozart, symphonies that stand comparison with Beethoven, and works for piano that paved the way for Schumann and Chopin. His String Quintet in C major is perhaps the most beautiful piece of chamber music ever composed, while his 600 songs represent a flow of unaffected melody without compare in the history of music. He died aged 31 in 1828, leaving nearly 1,000 compositions, nearly all of which are marked by his distinctive genius.
Mere HER i The Telegraph. Synopsis-Olsen har oversat den næste artikel til dansk:
Den engelske version følger her:
Paying the Price
By Roger Scruton from the December 2011 – January 2012 issue
There’s no question but that a Greece should be “allowed” to default.
“The first lesson of economics is scarcity: there is never enough of anything to fully satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.”
Thomas Sowell’s aphorism is of special relevance to us now, when we discover that, without the matter having been discussed or put to the vote, the most important economic decisions are in the hands of politicians. Democratic politicians secure their following by making economic promises–basically to steal from the few in order to reward the many. And in order to protect themselves from the cost of this they set up supposedly independent economic bodies, like the International Monetary Fund, the Federal Reserve Bank, and the European Central Bank, which they place in the hands of political appointees. In all the excitement over Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s adventures in a New York hotel the media seems to have forgotten to ask the most important question: how was it that a politician, and one of the French sofa-socialist persuasion, should be in charge of the IMF? What conceivable attribute could have qualified him for such a position? Granted that a gargantuan libido might sometimes be useful in politics, in what way could it possibly contribute to the process of maintaining equilibrium in the world economy, and compensating where possible for the rash promises of politicians?
Mere HER i The American Spectator.