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Waterloo and Burke’s stunning prophecy

Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790) dismayed many of his Whig colleagues and infuriated his enemies, both of whom imagined the revolution ushering a glorious era of freedom. Burke’s masterpiece nerved the pen of Thomas Paine into a fury of … Continue reading

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Burke vs Paine – Then and Now

Jesse Norman, author of one of the most recent biographies of Edmund Burke – and one of the best – reviews The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Left and Right, by Yuval Levin, (Basic Books) HERE. Norman’s book … Continue reading

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Some Personal Details About Edmund Burke

The person who comes to the study of Edmund Burke’s thought faces an enormous volume of writing. Because Burke was not a philosopher in the systematic sense, one has to read a great deal to reach an understanding not only … Continue reading

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The Place of Laissez-Faire Economics in Edmund Burke’s Political Order

Professor C.B. MacPherson in his short book Burke raised what he thought was a inconsistency between Edmund Burke’s political philosophy and his ideas on economics. Joseph Pappin III takes up the challenge in this paper and provides a convincing case … Continue reading

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What did Burke say exactly about good men, bad men and the triumph of evil?

The quotation most frequently attributed to Edmund Burke about g00d men and bad men and the triumph of evil is not something Burke said though it sounds like Burke. The passage from the Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents on which … Continue reading

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Burke’s Catholic conservatism

An unbiased reader of Burke’s writings, one familiar with the history of Catholic theology and philosophy, could not help thinking that Edmund Burke was as close to being Catholic as one could be without officially belonging to the Church. Garrett Ward Sheldon in … Continue reading

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Judaism and Democracy – a contradiction?

The central goal of the conservative is to protect the cultural integrity of the nation he is a part of, without denying that change is necessary from time to time. Indeed, change is an essential part of conserving one’s cultural … Continue reading

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The life and works of Edmund Burke

A COMMENTARY ON PART ONE OF JESSE NORMAN’S BOOK, Edmund Burke: Philosopher, Politician and Prophet. by Gerard Wilson Jesse Norman has an impressive CV. His school education was at Eton. He went up to Oxford University where he was a … Continue reading

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