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The baneful philosophical legacy of Edmund Burke

He is the inspiration for the stupidity of modern politics 

By Oliver Kamm  

Edmund Burke. Painting Joshua Reynolds, National Portrait Gallery

Shortly after David Cameron entered Downing Street in coalition with the Liberal Democrats nine and a half years ago, The Independent published an article titled: “Edmund Burke: How did a long-dead Irishman become the hottest thinker of 2010?” The author, Amol Rajan (later the paper’s editor), argued that Burke “personifies the spirit and philosophy of the present government,” owing to his “embodiment of the common ground between liberals and conservatives, his understanding that the Big Society is really just an agglomeration of small societies,…

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