3.10.08

The age of chivalry

Today this was posted on the Monarchist Initiative.

Edmund Burke (12 January 1729 – 9 July 1797) was an Anglo-Irish statesman, author, orator, political theorist, and philosopher who is often regarded as the philosophical founder of Anglo-American conservatism. Although Burke had supported the American War for Independence, which he saw as an appropriate response to the situation regarding the American colonists, he condemned the French Revolution in his Reflections on the Revolution in France in November 1790. He saw it, not as movement towards a representative, constitutional democracy, but rather as a violent rebellion against tradition and proper authority and as an experiment disconnected from the complex realities of human society. Burke argued that the new doctrines of France were simple and abstract, that since they did not recognize the nature and orders of people, it could never replace the present ones. As such, he predicted, it would end in disaster. He professed that a civilized people could not naturally be made up of people with the same distinctions, positions and interests. An attempt by the multitude of a country to govern each other's affairs would inevitably move the country away from personal merit and distinction towards an unprincipled, enervating mediocrity. Moreover, he asserted that the French doctrines fundamentally worked against the interests of the people and endangered their most prized and cherished treasures themselves. more...

I thank the author* and tip my beret.

Dieu Le Roy!
de Brantigny

*If my wild translation of Serbian is correct the authors nom-de-plum is Монархистичка Иницијатива, or Monarchist Initiative, it is very close to Russian.

1 comment:

Mark D. Amesse said...

Ah, the father of the conservative-branch of *liberal* Anglo-American Whiggery.