Saturday, December 30, 2017

Vacation Reading

While on vacation in Mexico, FLG read the 2015 revision of Roger Scruton's Fools, Frauds, and Firebrands: Thinkers of the New Left, which was originally released in 1985.  FLG really enjoyed it, largely for two reasons.  First, the amount of horrible prose Scruton had to endure to write the book is impressive.   FLG wouldn't have the stomach for it.  Second, judging from the small selection of works discussed that FLG has actually read, Scruton is incredibly fair and even-handed.    Scruton's primary objection isn't the conclusions per se.   It's the "ludicrous Marxist gobbledegook" that lacks any scholarly rigor and hides in verbose, convoluted, and ultimately meaningless prose that was and is now deemed sufficiently scholarly as long as the author is appropriately politically aligned.

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