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    Philosopher Prince, The Revolutionary Anti-Modernism of Prince Charles

    Philosopher Prince

    The revolutionary anti-modernism of Britain's heir apparent



    To most Americans, the Prince of Wales is best known as a pop-culture icon and tabloid figure, a royal celebrity who married (and divorced) Diana Spencer, fathered Prince William, and gallivanted scandalously with Camilla Parker-Bowles, now his wife. What is less known, at least in this country, is that Prince Charles, 63, has spent much of his life, and indeed his fortune, supporting, sometimes provocatively, traditionalist ideals and causes.

    The heir to one of the world’s oldest monarchies, a traditionalist? You don’t say. But Charles’s traditionalism is far from the stuffy, bland, institutional conservatism typical of a man of his rank. Charles, in fact, is a philosophical traditionalist, which is a rather more radical position to hold.

    He is an anti-modernist to the marrow, which doesn’t always put him onside with the Conservative Party. Charles’s support for organic agriculture and other green causes, his sympathetic view of Islam, and his disdain for liberal economic thinking have earned him skepticism from some on the British right. (“Is Prince Charles ill-advised, or merely idiotic?” the Tory libertarian writer James Delingpole once asked in print.) And some Tories fear that the prince’s unusually forceful advocacy endangers the most traditional British institution of all: the monarchy itself.

    Others, though, see in Charles a visionary of the cultural right, one whose worldview is far broader, historically and otherwise, than those of his contemporaries on either side of the political spectrum. In this reading, Charles’s thinking is not determined by post-Enlightenment categories but rather draws on older ways of seeing and understanding that conservatives ought to recover. “All in all, the criticisms of Prince Charles from self-styled ‘Tories’ show just how little they understand about the philosophy they claim to represent,” says the conservative philosopher Roger Scruton.

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    I've always been more sympathetic to Prince Charles than a lot of people. In some ways my views on race are secondary to my views on not completely destroying the capacity of the planet to support the kind of population numbers that will not go away in the near future without a huge amount of death and human suffering (I mean in the billions), and of course we are in agreement there.

    But I would also agree with the scepticism toward the "enlightenment".

    I don't hate Islam either, I think it's quite a beautiful religion when viewed from afar. I don't relate to it though and wouldn't want it as my broader cultural milleu.
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    Interesting article, I must say. HRH The Prince of Wales might be on to something here. I think that he is often seriously underestimated &/or misunderstood. I know how that feels.
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