EDMUND BURKE - EDMUND BURKE (1729-1797) -Practicing...

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EDMUND BURKE (1729-1797) -Practicing conservative politician; one of the most prolific political theorists of all time -1790s: Foresaw and warned against the Marxist dictatorships (Lenin) -Burke also foresaw the evolution of interventionist “nanny states” in the 20 th Century. -Never composed a Magnus Opus; his ideas were gathered from his letters -Disapproved of the French Revolution and supported the abdication of the English Supremacy over the colonies -He was deeply critical of J.M. Keynes “liberalism”: government spending and control -Disagreed with the social compact and natural law as they furthered the power of the government - The Law of Unintended Consequences : -Reforms orchestrated by social institutions will lead to unanticipated/unwanted results with minimal success attained -This is due to the insufficient inherent within the human power of reasoning to comprehend, and thusly foresee -There is also a self-prejudice to account for amongst the decision-makers -The more drastic the reform, the greater the potential for
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2011 for the course INTA 2210 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Georgia Institute of Technology.

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EDMUND BURKE - EDMUND BURKE (1729-1797) -Practicing...

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