Saturday, December 26, 2009

“When the leaders choose to make themselves bidders at an auction of popularity, their talents, in the construction of the state, will be of no service. They will become flatterers instead of legislators; the instruments, not the guides, of the people.”

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797), while today considered the philosophical father of modern conservatism, was admired by both liberals and conservatives throughout the nineteenth century.

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