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Edmund Burke “Politics is the pursuit of imitations” Gradual change is ok, but should not be forced. “I have seen Frenchmen, Italians, Russians. . .but “man” I have never met” – Joseph de Maistre There are no genuine human beings, and everyone has been corrupted by their culture and history. Conservatives today talk about “unintended consequences” that stem from changes in the government Real Social Contract: “Living, dead and unborn” “The generations are bound together”, traditions teach us lessons from the past “No rules or opinions, there is no compass to guide them” Burke: The Anti-theoretical theorist Preserve traditions: source of wisdom
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Unformatted text preview: • If you throw the past out, you “throw the baby out with the bath water” • Shouldn’t try to force progress and should let it come naturally • If one tries to bring an utopia, it often ends up bringing total hell • Burke supported the American Revolution, because the colonists were being stripped of their rights by the King, so they should be able to revolt, because they were losing their inherited rights. o He may have not liked the Declaration of Independence, because he wouldn’t agree in that all men are created equal. • He also believed the Magna Carta was fine and acceptable, and wasn’t causing a significant change....
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