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Douglas Murray interviewer Roger Scruton

En del af interviewet handler om Ray Honeyford, som Scruton forsvarede for 30 år siden. Det ødelagde hans universitetskarriere.

The philosopher and novelist was right about immigration and education, 30 years too soon.

Having been made something of a pariah for recognising these truths early, does he feel any sense of vindication? He laughs slightly. ‘I don’t feel as though I need it. It’s the way the world is. If you say something in advance — if you describe a problem as it arises, people always turn on you because they don’t want to hear about it. But when it’s too late to do anything, they will then turn around and say that you were right. That’s human nature.’

Despite being fêted and honoured across eastern Europe for his work with dissidents behind the Iron Curtain, and despite his worldwide renown as a philosopher, Scruton is still without honour in his own land. Does this upset him? ‘We live in a time when honours and praise go only to people on the left, essentially because they seem harmless. And what makes them seem harmless is precisely that they’re uttering all the things that have caused so much harm.’ Only one honour really got to him. ‘Nothing upset me more than the award of Companion of Honour to Eric Hobsbawm in reward for a lifetime of unswerving loyalty to the Soviet Union.’

But Scruton is not a regret-filled man. He seems content, even happy, in his ‘Scrutopia’. As we wrap up his wife is bringing their son home with some schoolfriends. The horses and cows need checking, and the chickens need to go down for the night. ‘Touching creatures,’ he notes as they follow him to their home, clucking and chirruping. ‘The truth is hard': an interview with Roger Scruton

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  • Lenn

    Wilders er en unik taler! Og han har helt ret, når han siger, at islam IKKE kan reformeres! Jeg stiller mig derfor uforstående over for fx Hirsi Ali, som mener, at islam kan reformeres. Man kan ikke reformere og ændre en okkult størrelse, og koranen er jo ikke blot en kogebog. Islam kan kun forbydes, og det bør man starte med i Europa.

    • Peter Zichau

      Ayaan Hirsi Ali leder jo bare med lys og lygte efter et eller andet, der kan ændre den nuværende situation. Om hun tror islam kan reformeres, aner jeg ikke. Men mon ikke alle vinkler skal prøves?
      Det hun siger er at Mecca-versene må kunne gøre det ud for et nyt islam, for dem som altså VIL tro på det. Men inderst inde tror jeg ikke hun selv giver det mange chancer. Dertil er den sociale kontrol og risikoen for et totalt kollaps alt for stor.