Chapter

Slow alchemy of centuries

Arthur Aughey

in The Politics of Englishness

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780719068720
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701300 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719068720.003.0007
Slow alchemy of centuries

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This chapter analyses the conservative English ‘particular’, an idea which aims to reconcile with civic, liberal and multi-ethnic values, explaining that the first characteristic of conservative patriotism is that the populist version of Englishness has become more prominent that the patrician. It discusses an argument which holds that multiculturalism had imposed a sort of Jacobinian dictatorship of virtue upon a previously free people and suggests that the eagerness of the establishment to abandon British/English customs reveals the extent to which multiculturalism arises less from love of others than from hatred of our own form of life.

Keywords: English particular; multi-ethnic values; conservative patriotism; Englishness; multiculturalism; Jacobinian dictatorship; British/English customs

Chapter.  8816 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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