Fools, Frauds and Firebrands

Fools, Frauds and Firebrands

Thinkers of the New Left

Book - 2015
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"In a previous book published in 1985 as 'Thinkers of the New Left,' [the author] brought together a series of articles from The Salisbury review. [He has] reworked the original articles, cutting out [some] writers, ... and including substantial new material devoted to developments that are increasingly influential"--Introduction.
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Continuum, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2015.
ISBN: 9781408187333
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fledge
May 29, 2018

A difficult book, seeing that the left is dedicated to hardcore materialism and the destruction of anything that gets in its way. Indeed, everything must be swept away if it in anyway interferes with the revolution – utopia. Reading the book was like looking into the heart of darkness. It was like walking down an unknown street in a seedy neighborhood at midnight on a moonless night. Most of what these “thinkers” write is nonsense and gobbledygook, and it is amazing that such gibberish spawns such feverish devotion and murderous results. What’s worse, this thinking has largely captured our own academy. Highly recommended.

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Pat_Kelly
Oct 30, 2016

While the "thinkers" behind the progressive left are examined and found wanting, this book provides a more important service -- it actually identifies bedrock thoughts and positions of the far left. Something the left itself fails to acknowledge. The idea that empty "newspeak" replaces cogent argument is timely, both for the far left and right.

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MontMoroc
Jun 03, 2016

While it was enjoyable to read a well written deconstruction of the many leftist authors and philosophers in this book, I felt that Scruton made a big assumption with regards to his own philosophy- mainly that the reader was meant to accept Scrutons' own thoughts uncritically.

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