Roger Scruton: Why Intellectuals are Mostly Left
Sir Roger Vernon Scruton is an English philosopher and writer who specialises in aesthetics and political philosophy, particularly in the furtherance of traditionalist conservative views.
In recent years he taught courses in Buckingham University, Oxford University and University of St. Andrews.
In this clip, he talks about intellectuals and the left.
Also, he describes people more left-leaning than him as having a purely negative approach. Purely negative, my ass. Left-leaning people are all about making improvements and advancements for society. They dream of a better world. Universal healthcare...saving the world from climate change...cultural change for the better. Leftists are very "We've got to save the world" types. They have a great number of actual specific ideas about how to do this, too.
Leftists talk about things they hate no more or less than conservatives do, I'd say. Yeah, leftists talk about horrible the right is and various aspects of culture. Conservatives talk about how the government is an evil cabal of pedophile vampire globalists, and how horrible the left is. It's the same thing.
This guy's either dumb, or we didn't get the whole conversation in this video, or he's just someone who like to tell people what they want to hear for money, I'm thinking. "Political party X is bad in vague ways. Gimme' all yo' money 'cuz...I don't know...patriotism or some bullshit. Now buy my American flag Chia pets to show ur patriotism.
Yeah...there are a few leftists driven by blind destructive impulse.
There are at least many right-leaning people driven by the exact same destructive impulse. It's the same exact blind, lizardlike instinct. It's just that on the right, blind, lizardlike adherence is to tradition...regardless of how screwed up those traditions are.
This video focuses only on the worst elements of the left without acknowledging that those exact same destructive elements exist on the right.
This is the type of un-focused, generalizing video that causes nothing but harm for society.
Most Intellectuals are Left because they don't usually have to worry about where their next buck is coming from... They, along with their peers, can afford to live in an ideological bubble and lecture people about how it should be. Let them see the world though they eyes of a businessman and their tune would change...