Stephen Daisley Stephen Daisley

Oliver Anthony and the snobbery of American conservatives

Roger Scruton would have thought this country hit was worthless

If there is a right-wing cultural aesthetic in America, it is low-brow resentment. The old liberal-conservative tradition prized truth, beauty and the ‘the best which has been thought and said’. This has been shunted aside by a hair-trigger populism drawn to any cultural expression that scandalises progressive tastes. If people with graduate degrees hate it, today’s conservatives will love it.

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