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“Yellow Ants,” Fundamentalists, and Cowboys – An interview with Rémi Brague

“Yellow Ants,” Fundamentalists, and Cowboys – An interview with Rémi Brague

October 29, 2009

Interview and translation by Diederik Boomsma & Yoram Stein

We interview the French intellectual Rémi Brague, about his life and work. The question of whether and in what way the West is unique forms a large part of the interview. Whether one can sensibly speak of “three religions of the book”, whether Brague is a Straussian, what the civilizational role of poverty, humility, and cultural inferiority complexes are, and whether Americans really are cultural cowboys, each get discussed in turn.

“Cows too…can easily be made into ideas”: An Interview with Roger Scruton

“Cows too…can easily be made into ideas”: An Interview with Roger Scruton

October 9, 2009

Interviewer: Diederik Boomsma
What distinguishes conservatism from classical liberalism?

The problem with classical liberalism is that it never pauses to examine what is involved in ‘not harming others’. Do I leave others unharmed when I destroy my capacity for personal relationships, through drug-taking, promiscuity, or porn addiction? Do I leave them unharmed when I stupefy myself with pop music? I have nothing against individualism, so long as it is recognized that the individual is created by a community and by the moral constraints that prevail in it. The individual is not the foundation of society but its most important by-product.