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Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790 original; edició 2018)

de Edmund Burke (Autor)

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This new and up-to-date edition of a book that has been central to political philosophy, history, and revolutionary thought for two hundred years offers readers a dire warning of the consequences that follow the mismanagement of change. Written for a generation presented with challenges of terrible proportions--the Industrial, American, and French Revolutions, to name the most obvious--Burke's Reflections of the Revolution in France displays an acute awareness of how high political stakes can be, as well as a keen ability to set contemporary problems within a wider context of political theory.… (més)
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Reflections on the Revolution in France de Edmund Burke (1790)

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    The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot de Russell Kirk (Usuari anònim)
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    Considerations on France de Joseph de Maistre (Usuari anònim)
    Usuari anònim: Great companion piece. Another conservative, and an admirer of Burke, though he wrote with quite a different temperament. Both very deep thinkers, but while Burke is more nuanced and grounded, de Maistre is dark, profound and metaphysical. I prefer 'Considerations' but both works are excellent.… (més)
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I did not read Burke's words- I only read the introduction by JGA Pocock. This intro provides a thorough background to Burke's works and beliefs, as well as a general overview of the politics of that time period in England. ( )
  keithostertag | Jun 29, 2020 |
Sigo llenando claros en los clásicos ( )
  gneoflavio | Mar 17, 2020 |
Edmund Burke, MP was not in favour of popular enthusiasms, and when they rise to actual violence, well that is beyond the pale. Even though there may well have been reasons for the uprising, there should not have been this unseemly tumult. When oppressed, the populace should be able to find some non-violent way of changing their condition. After all the English have managed to avoid all this fuss....Well, haven't we? Burke was a prescient Conservative, and saw that the /French were embarked on a road that would lead to violence, to finally dictatorship, and perhaps a deeper tyranny than before. Gradual improvement on an evolutionary course would serve the french better, but they are only Latins, and therefore, the worst can be expected. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Mar 9, 2020 |
I try to scrape all unfavorable reviews down to an absolute minimum of length, so here goes:

Burke thinks that the answer to everything is common sense, although his term for “common sense” was “prejudice”, something that undoubtedly did not get the approval of the PR department or indeed any sort of non-Protestant living in Britain at the time. But it seems to me like Burke relished a fight, so that was probably part of the appeal of calling common sense “prejudice”.

The trouble is real however, in that, as Plato and the philosophers point out, common sense, or simply what you assume, is often simply wrong. Burke I don’t think could overcome his contempt for philosophy long enough to form a coherent reply, so instead he just rambled on about how wrong they all always are. So it remains that common sense is not always helpful and that this is detrimental to Burke. “Blessed are you when you are persecuted” is not common sense, but old Edmund Burke seems to me to think that as long as he could muster up sufficient prejudice/common sense for those pesky non-Protestants then he would be in the clear.

That’s as directed and calm as I could get it.

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It’s true that sometimes pre-Victorians are not negated by the nineteenth century—“the cause of progress in the Victorian Age”, I called it, “Catholic emancipation, popular monarchy”, etc.—I just don’t know exactly how relevant that is to Burke. He seemed to really come down on the side of authority—you can’t just “cashier” the government!—but sometimes today we seem to think that if we just cobble together a little mob we can change the law.

I add this out of some doubt of what I thought before, but I can only imagine if it makes the burden greater or less.
  smallself | May 25, 2019 |
Edmund Burke is often cited as the father of conservatism and is often quoted by modern conservatives. Since I had never read anything by Burke, I decided to start with his Reflections on the French Revolution in hopes of better understanding conservative thinking.

The first half of the book was very disappointing as Burke complains about the Revolution "dethroning" the French nobility and expropriating church properties. He seemed mostly upset by having this disaster occur to people like him. In fact, his defense of the nobility's abuses of people seems to see that they could not be bad since he had met these people and had even had dinner with them.

The second half of the book is much better as Burke dives into the new Constitution proposed by the National Assembly. He takes their work seriously and picks apart the flaws in the government structure that they have created. The second half of the book became even more entertaining when I imagined Burke using the same arguments against today's Trump Administration and the Republican Congress.

Today's conservatives should apply some of his quotes when discussing today's politics. A few favorites:

"The same lazy but restless disposition ... directs the politicians, when they come to work for supplying the place of what they have destroyed. To make everything the reverse of what they have seen is quite as easy as to destroy. No difficulties occur in what has never been tried...At once to preserve and reform is quite another thing. " A quote that could apply to Republican's fight against Obamacare.

"But it seems as if it were the prevailing opinion in Paris, that an unfeeling heart and an undoubting confidence, are the sole qualifications for a perfect legislator. Far different are my ideas of that high office. The true lawgiver ought to have a heart full of sensibility." This quote fits to contemporary Washington as well as to ancient Paris.

"What your politicians that the marks of a bold hardy genius, are only proofs of a deplorable want of ability." By their violent haste and their defiance of the process of nature, they are delivered over blindly to every projector and adventurer, to every alchymist and empric." Although the reference to alchemists is a bit dated, the quote could be easily updated by substituting supply-sider.

"Your legislators seem to have taken their opinions of all professions, ranks and offices, from the declamations and buffooneries of satirists; who would themselves be astonished if they were held to the letter of their own description. By listening only to these, your leaders regard all things only on the side of their vices and faults, and view those vices and faults under every colour of exaggeration." This certainly fits the influence of Alex Jones and others like him.

"In general, those who are habitually employed in finding and displaying faults, are unqualified for the work of reformation: because their minds are not only unfurnished with patterns of the fair and good, but by habit they come to take no delight in the contemplation
those things." This has become one of my favorite Burke quotes.

There are many more quotes that fit our current political environment that make this book worth reading today. ( )
  M_Clark | Sep 27, 2017 |
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This new and up-to-date edition of a book that has been central to political philosophy, history, and revolutionary thought for two hundred years offers readers a dire warning of the consequences that follow the mismanagement of change. Written for a generation presented with challenges of terrible proportions--the Industrial, American, and French Revolutions, to name the most obvious--Burke's Reflections of the Revolution in France displays an acute awareness of how high political stakes can be, as well as a keen ability to set contemporary problems within a wider context of political theory.

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