Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party, delivered a stinging rebuke to European Union bureaucrats recently accusing them of using the mechanisms of the EU to stifle democratic forces in Europe. The UKIP leader says Europe’s crisis is ‘like an Agatha Christie novel’, trying to guess who’ll be bumped off next. ‘The difference is we know who the villains are’ (City Wire). For background see: On Germany and Britain (and others).
Following Farage’s rebuke is a lecture by philosopher Roger Scruton. Scruton, arguably one the clearest thinkers speaking on culture and politics today, argues for the recovery and restoration of Western Culture. Scruton can always be trusted for insights not heard in mainstream discourse such as questioning what would happen if the Russian Federation would crumble and cause a immigration crisis in Western Europe, a good question. Another is his criticism of Western Elites concerning the assumption that majority opinion is de-facto wrong simply because it is majoritarian, something we could call a derived conceit. Scruton understands that religion drives culture, and this is one reason why his critiques are so penetrating.