How Beauty Could Help Solve the Housing Crisis

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth tours the town square during an official visit to Poundbury, England, October 27, 2016. (Justin Tallis/Pool/via Reuters)
The late Roger Scruton’s ideas about architecture are, like so much of his thought, worth considering.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE F orget politics for a minute; I know it’s hard, but bear with me. If conservatism is a moral and social disposition of gratitude and appreciation for an inheritance of permanent creations, then we have a strong obligation to make beautiful things that naturally draw out the devotion and protection of our children.

One of the most important insights of the recently deceased Roger Scruton was that this obligation to create beauty applies as much to our buildings and city streets as to painting or literature. Scruton came to this realization out of his deep conviction that the task of conservatism is …


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