“Conservatism,” wrote Sir Roger Scruton, “is not a matter of defending global capitalism at all costs, or securing the privileges of the few against the many… Its underlying motive is not greed or the lust for power but simply attachment to a way of life.”
Overseas, western powers sought to import their rationalist, liberal values into cultures to which they were alien, with predictably disastrous results.
Despite this, Scruton recognized the conservative instinct behind two central ideas of the Trump movement, opposition to mass immigration and a revival of national identity.
Happily, Scruton lived to see the twilight years of globalism, the Oikophobe ideology that despises national identity.
In the early 2010s, if you said you were a “nationalist”, or that place, culture, and people matter, you would receive funny looks at best or be denounced as a racist at worst.