Roger Scruton—the British conservative who was one of the most important conservative intellects of our day—has died after a battle with cancer, at the age of 75.
Scruton helped to shape the conservative movement, not only in the United States, but even more importantly, in Great Britain.
He became a conservative when he was a student in France. Much like that classic conservative Edmund Burke who was looking the French during the French Revolution, Scruton saw an entire civilization being torn apart.
He didn’t mean to become a conservative.
But he eventually became an intellectual at large, writing 50-plus books, lecturing and teaching in many different universities on both sides of the Atlantic.
He was attacked bitterly, but he was also recognized, having been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2016.
Sir Roger Scruton will be gratefully remembered.
Scruton taught us—in the title of one of his most important books—“How to Be a Conservative.”