Sir Roger Scruton, FBA FRSL, the author of this essay is one of my favourite current political philosophers. He has written extensively on current problems. His books include, How to Be a Conservative, and How to Think Seriously About the Planet: The Case for an Environmental Conservatism. I don't always agree with him, but he always gives me food for thought!
From City Journal
Without it, we become a shameless society—with some disastrous consequences.