Sir Roger Scruton on the crisis of identity and the nation state
December 1, 2016
Recorded at the Acton Institute's "The Crisis of Liberty in the West" conference in London, England on December 1, 2016.
The West today is in a state of crisis. Facing immense domestic economic and political problems, North America, Europe, and other Western nations are also struggling to address existential threats from without. But above all, the West appears to be suffering from a crisis of self-belief: one which touches centrally upon its attachment to the tradition of ordered liberty in politics, freedom in the economy, strong civil societies, and, perhaps above all, the unique synthesis of faith and reason that is at the root of Western civilization.