The ‘great adventure’ of Sir Roger Scruton, RIP

"The same year that Scruton publicly defined conservatism, 1979, he began surreptitiously visiting the Communist bloc. A colleague named Kathy Wilkes invited him to speak to dissident intellectuals and students cloistered in a private apartment in Prague. There, he said, he found a group of people hungry to receive the cultural patrimony of the West and he rediscovered the joy of teaching. Soon, he began lecturing across Communist-dominated Eastern Europe to students dispossessed by socialist universities.

It was, however, not a safe undertaking. A policeman once threw him down a flight of steps. The police later expelled him from Czechoslovakia."