About Edmund Burke

Edmund Burke (1729 – 1797) was an Irish statesman, economist, and philosopher. Born in Dublin, Burke served as a member of parliament between 1766 and 1794 in the House of Commons of Great Britain with the Whig Party after moving to London in 1750. Burke was a proponent of underpinning virtues with manners in society and of the importance of religious institutions for the moral stability and good of the state. These views were expressed in his A Vindication of Natural Society. He criticized the actions of the British government towards the American colonies, including its taxation policies. Burke also supported the rights of the colonists to resist metropolitan authority, although he opposed the attempt to achieve independence. He is remembered for his support for Catholic emancipation and his staunch opposition to the French Revolution. In his Reflections on the Revolution in France, Burke asserted that the revolution was destroying the fabric of good society and traditional institutions of state and society and condemned the persecution of the Catholic Church that resulted from it. This led to his becoming the leading figure within the conservative faction of the Whig Party. In the 20th century, he became widely regarded as the philosophical founder of modern conservatism.

What is History?

By |2015-08-05T12:09:52-05:00August 5th, 2015|Categories: Edmund Burke, History, Quotation|

“History consists, for the greater part, of the miseries brought upon by the world by pride, ambition, avarice, revenge, lust, sedition, hypocrisy, ungoverned zeal, and all the train of disorderly appetite.” —Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France […]

The Value of Ordered Liberty

By |2016-11-26T09:52:06-06:00March 25th, 2015|Categories: Conservatism, Edmund Burke, Quotation|

Edmund Burke “The only liberty that is valuable is a liberty connected with order; that not only exists along with order and virtue, but which cannot exist at all without them. It inheres in good and steady government, as in its substance and vital principle.” – Edmund Burke […]

Meddling with What We Do Not Understand

By |2019-06-04T16:02:16-05:00May 24th, 2013|Categories: Conservatism, Edmund Burke, Permanent Things, Quotation|

What has been said of the Roman empire, is at least as true of the British constitution—“Octingentorum annorum fortuna, disciplinaque, compages haec coaluit; quae convelli sine convellentium exitio non potest. ”1 This British constitution has not been struck out at an heat by a set of presumptuous men, like the assembly of pettifoggers run mad [...]

A True Natural Aristocracy

By |2020-06-17T16:26:02-05:00March 8th, 2012|Categories: Aristocracy, Edmund Burke, Quotation|

A true natural aristocracy is not a separate interest in the state, or separable from it. It is an essential integrant part of any large body rightly constituted. It is formed out of a class of legitimate presumptions, which, taken as generalities, must be admitted for actual truths. To be bred in a place of [...]

The Virtue of Justice

By |2016-11-26T09:52:18-06:00February 29th, 2012|Categories: Edmund Burke, Justice, Quotation, Virtue|

  Edmund Burke Taking it for granted that I do not write to the disciples of the Parisian philosophy, I may assume that the awful Author of our being is the Author of our place in the order of existence,—and that, having disposed and marshalled us by a divine tactic, not according to [...]

On Society as Contract

By |2021-03-29T12:53:37-05:00October 4th, 2011|Categories: Edmund Burke, Quotation|

Society is indeed a contract. Subordinate contracts for objects of mere occasional interest may be dissolved at pleasure—but the state ought not to be considered as nothing better than a partnership agreement in a trade of pepper and coffee, calico or tobacco, or some other such low concern, to be taken up for a little [...]

Edmund Burke on Civil Liberty

By |2020-06-17T16:51:39-05:00February 26th, 2011|Categories: Edmund Burke, Quotation|

Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites… Society cannot exist unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere, and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. […]

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