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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. ‘It Was Worth It’: A Personal Tribute to Sir Roger Scruton

 
Sir Roger Scruton

At a certain age on the path to adulthood, we begin to realize not just that our heroes are human, but that they are mortal. In the last five years, we have said goodbye to Harry Jaffa, Kenneth Minogue, Rene Girard, Bernard Lewis, Gertrude Himmelfarb, and Forrest McDonald, among brilliant others, and I have watched each go with an increasing sense that I was seeing my pantheon of intellectual greats fade rapidly.

Roger Scruton always held a special place in my heart, much as he might despise the trite cliche, because he was with me almost from the very beginning (I first read one of his books when I was 14) and because he spanned such a wide variety of mediums and topics with stunning skill. He showed me that a conservative could claim a place in academia, could show true genius and originality of expression in their field, and also claim a place outside of it, in the culture. On an even more personal level, his love of Britain, so beautifully expressed in much of his work, and the way that he had simply represented British academia for me was one of the things that inspired me to push aside myriad fears and take up a place at a British university.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Renovation: A Personal Work-in-Progress

 

I’ve never related to people who want to makeover their bodies: tummy tucks, eye lifts, nose jobs, face lifts, liposuction, and other miscellaneous alterations to the body. I’m certainly not against physical beauty, or even using make-up to enhance whatever attributes nature has given me. But when women say things like, “It makes me feel better about myself” or “I feel like a more complete person.” I have one response: “Really? That’s all it takes?”

We live in a society that thrives on the superficial and elevates those people who are willing to spend thousands of dollars to improve their looks. Some people will say, “Doesn’t she look great?” or “She looks half her age!”

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Okay, Fellow Writers, here’s the deal: For the better part of the last 30 years, I have been a caretaker. I took care of my Dad in the last years of his life, and for the past 13 years I’ve taken care of my Mom, 24/7/365. Mom went Home to be with Jesus on January […]

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See, I don’t think I’m a true conservative. I have been a reader of National Review for a long time, but I read the online version and haven’t paid for a subscription. Hardly conservative of me. I am not socially conservative in many ways, but I find the idea of the Western Canon and traditions […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Survivors Know the Gun Blame Game

 

On Nov. 8, 1998, my parents were both killed by a single .22 caliber gunshot wound to the head. My father fired both bullets. At no time did it occur to me to blame the weapon, nor has it since. My father murdered my mother and then turned the weapon on himself, leaving no note or message of any kind. So I guess I have a unique perspective on the topic of guns and “gun control.”

Although my father murdered my mother with a .22 rifle, do you think it matters to me how he did it? More importantly, if you think he wouldn’t have done it without a gun, you know little of human nature.

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Everyone has at least one personal story, the details of which dramatically changed the way he or she experiences life. For some of us, the tale begins with a choice, for others an unexpected or unwelcome event. To demonstrate the depth and breadth of experience here at Ricochet, will you share your best story in […]

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I’m sure this has been going about here and there amongst the Ricochetti, but because I’m that sort of guy I’m making this official announcement: Welcome the newest Rico-baby! Here she is in her adorableness: More

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