A Brief History of Conservatism (II): Free Speech

You would be hard-pressed to find a more contemporary dilemma in modern western culture than that of ‘free speech’. As the issue rears its head more frequently – especially, it would seem, on university campuses – the conservative finds himself more and more pressed to defend the liberal notion of the ‘right to free speech’, […]

A Brief History of Conservatism (I): Preface, and Property

Preface to the series:The intention of this series of articles, which shall run over the next two months, is to propose an understanding of the history of conservatism, and the currents of thought that flow like rivers into a deep lake. This is a grand undertaking, since there is no central text to conservatism, unlike […]

Against Models│Jake Scott

 You often hear the Eurocrats telling us we would have “no special deal” after Brexit, that we should choose a model of relationship akin to those established by the Swiss or Norwegians in the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). This is strikingly revealing of the European Union’s obsession with a priori systems imposed from above; […]

The anti-rationalism of modern socialism | Jake Scott

In the second half of the twentieth century, the famous English conservative Michael Oakeshott delivered his powerful polemic against rationalism in politics. In this, he claimed the projects of rationalism that littered Europe had been generated by the false belief that the rich complexities of human society could be – and should be – reducible […]