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Reducing greenhouse gases, eliminating non-biodegradable packaging, grassroots movements and investing in clean, renewable energy are ideas not usually associated with the Conservative point of view. Yet the author convincingly argues that the conservative values of respect for tradition and local regulation are uniquely suited for achieving these goals.
Conservative politicians are often painted as anti-conservation, but this is really not the case. Opposition to unwieldy legislation with unintended consequences is often mistaken as opposition to the environment itself. For example, the author brings up the familiar request of removing national or international regulation of industries. But the motive is not that these industries should not be regulated. Rather, when the government usurps authority to protect a resource from the local community(i.e. those with the greatest interest in protecting it) the environment often suffers. He argues for locally brokered and enforced regulation where the costs of polluting are returned to the polluters instead of diffused through a bureaucracy.
The book delves deeply into philosophy. He discusses Kant's Categorical Imperative, Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau's Social Contract theory and a dozen other thinkers past and present. He expects the reader to have a basic grasp of epistemology, logic and ethics. you don't need a degree in Philosophy, but he does not spoon feed these concepts.
I found the book informative and insightful. Simon Prebble's narration is spot on, as usual. The author offers much common ground to those on the left and he is eager to engage rather than ridicule.
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Apart from a few odd conclusions, this book is Sir Roger Scruton at his best. Enlightening, educational, rigorous, accessible and always engaging.