Scruton says that the liberal arts education is obsessively instilling the idea that all cultures are great and equally valuable and should be judged on their own terms. Except, of course, the Western civilization, which is uniquely evil and has to be constantly denounced. I’m in higher education and I confirm that this is exactly what it’s like.
However, Scruton says, you can’t build community on renunciation. Constantly denouncing the evilness of your culture and groveling at the feet of other (often bizarre and barbaric) cultures doesn’t help bind isolated individuals together and can’t put any limit on their endless desires.
If there’s no religion, no nation, and no culture to create any sort of boundary for the endless desires of alienated individuals, what’s left?
The response to this conundrum has been to foster identity attachments. That hasn’t worked. At the root of identity there’s nothing but the mythology of shared grievance. Grievance by its nature can’t limit desire because it’s all about unsatisfied desire.