Raymond Aron and Roger Scruton hardly shared anything besides the English Channel.
The year 1789 is commonly – and naturally – associated with the French Revolution, dubbed “the Great Revolution.”
It is immensely difficult to write about an erudite scholar and philosopher such as Sir Roger Scruton since his great pageant of interests, intellectual involvements and possible specialties makes one at once question the fundamental character of his motivations.
For any early 20th century Western conservative, after the fall of the ancien regime in 1918, and the breakthrough of the modernist paradigm in politics, society and culture, to reconcile modernity and tradition was a probing task.
Current political disputes about the rule of law – whether in the context of the domestic order or interstate relations and their new forms that have emerged within the European Union – are merely the contemporary actualisation of the above-described eternal conflict between two visions of man.
The normal polemic against the so called 'civilisational states' such as China, for example, is that they can be pigeon holed merely as 'authoritarian', that they are, in fact, aberrations on the road to the full model of 'liberal democracy'. It is their inherent 'backwardness', inability to reform, not quite 'all in' on the merits of liberal democracy, that keeps them locked up in Plato's cave.
China between the next superpower and another Ptolemaic Egypt. The rise of China from the perspective of historical comparison
Is China the next superpower? A short historical comparison, which could show us more or less an Alpha version of “The rise of China” - may provide us with another answer – possibly negative.