Sunday, December 04, 2005

Opposition opposition

From an interview with Roger Scruton, he details why he wrote his landmark book on conservatism, "The Meaning of Conservatism":
It should be added that I would not have written the book, had I not been commissioned by Ted Honderich, then politics editor at Penguin and also a University colleague, who was desperate to find someone, somewhere, however feeble, to defend the conservative position. Without The Meaning of Conservatism, the intellectual left -- whose ideas, emotions and very existence depends upon a stance of opposition -- would have had nothing to oppose. Hence the book’s appearance caused a huge sigh of relief among my colleagues, who were at last able to hate again. [emphasis added]



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