8 June 2020

How Conservatives Are Made

Roger Scruton on the Paris riots of 1968, quoted in Nicholas Wroe, "Thinking for England," The Grauniad (Oct. 28, 2000):
I suddenly realized I was on the other side. What I saw was an unruly mob of self-indulgent middle-class hooligans. When I asked my friends what they wanted, what were they trying to achieve, all I got back was this ludicrous Marxist gobbledegook. I was disgusted by it, and thought there must be a way back to the defence of western civilization against these things. That’s when I became a conservative. I knew I wanted to conserve things rather than pull them down.

Boulevard Saint-Germain, May 1968
Photograph by Jacques Marie/AFP

Cf. James Lindsay, "The Cult Dynamics of Wokeness," on the New Discourses web site:
One thing the Woke cult is doing wrong is suddenly demanding too much too fast, partly because it can and partly because it’s trying to do so universally rather than in personal one-on-one settings. This push is breaking the spell for many people who would otherwise have been going along and being seduced further into the cult. This may result in its downfall.