Fools Frauds and Firebrands

"Outstanding and very necessary" Laetitia Strauch - Standpoint 

"Unlike many conservatives, Scruton isn’t merely a debunker, but offers a way out of Marxism." Ron Capshaw - National Review

"“He neither ridicules nor abuses the writers he considers; he patiently deconstructs them, first explaining their work in terms they themselves would recognise and then laying bare their warped assumptions and empty pretentions." Barton Swaim - Wall Street Journal

 "Scruton is brilliant at the patient demolition, in sorrowful yet witty tones, of wobbly conceptual edifices. Yet the zingier, more knockabout new title promises more fury than the book supplies." Steven Poole - The Guardian

"Scruton's stylish writing and his knowledge and passion for his subject make this an entertaining read." Patricia Duffaud The Book Bag

“…he largely sets aside constructive philosophical work in order to dismantle the dismantlers. This he does with rhetorical vigor and flair, and though he often paints with the broadest of brushes and does not always make the distinctions perfect fairness would call for, his critique is a powerful one indeed.” Alan Jacobs, The American Conservative

“Scruton’s book is not the dispassionate examination and measured assessment of philosophical arguments typical of analytic philosophers. It is a polemical dissection and indictment of the perceived destructive aims and tactics of the left.” —Samuel Freeman, The New York Review of Books

Latest Articles

Labour of the negative - Spectator Life 22nd Sept 2016

Jeremy Corbyn's disregard for Parliament is terrible for his party and for our representative democracy.  Read the full article here.

Alicja met Roger Scruton

Earlier this year, Alicja Gescinska spent two days at Scrutopia discreetly filming Roger at home, riding, by the pond and in his library. Broadcast on Dutch television this September, you...

The Spectator Dairy, 27 Aug 16

The only way to make a ‘safe space’ for conservatives at universitiesAlso in Roger Scruton’s diary: the blessings of a broken femur, and a defence of aristocratic titles Read the...

Recent Books

The Ring of Truth

The Ring of Truth

Penguin Books (June 2016) Richard Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung is one of the greatest works of art created in modern times, and has fascinated both critics and devotees for...

Conversations with Roger Scruton

Conversations with Roger Scruton

(May 2016) This book reveals what life was like for Roger Scruton growing up in High Wycombe, how he survived Cambridge and how he came to hold his conservative outlook.

Fools Frauds & Firebrands

Fools Frauds & Firebrands

Bloomsbury (Oct 2015) 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...


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