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Lecture 5

DVM2350 Lecture 5: Edmund Burke, DGD 2

International Development and Globalization
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Tamara Kotar

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Edmund Burke, “Reections on the Revolution in France,” pp. 49-53
× He says that the whole gov is illegitimate, and the House of Commons, is a
population of misrepresentation, The House is no representative of the ppl
× The case of the crown is all together bad
× The ppl of the revolution need their own identity
× Destroying the civil power through the church and demolishing the church
through the civil
× “If civil society be made for the advantage of man, all the advantages for
which it is made become his right It is an institution of benecence; and law
itself is only benecence acting by a rule.” (50)
× Men have the right to follow live by the above rule, right to do justice
× They have a right to the fruits of their industry and to the means of making
their industry fruitful. (50)
× They have a right to the acquisitions of their parents, to the nourishment and
improvement of their o+spring, to instruction in life, and to consolation in
death (50)
× What every each man can separately do, without trespassing upon others, he
has a right to do for himself; and he has a right to a fair portion of all which
society with all its combination of skill and force, can do in his favour
× Men have equal rights, not equal things
- he has not a right to an equal dividend in the product of the joint stock;
and as to the share of power, authority, and direction which each
individual ought to have in the management of the state, that I must deny
to be amongst the direct original rights of man in civil society; for I have in
my contemplation the civil social man, and no other. It is a thing to be
settled by convention
× One of the rst motives to civil society, and which becomes one of its
fundamental rules, is that no man should be judge in his own cause. By
this each person has at once divested himself of the rst fundamental
rights of uncovenanted man, that is, to judge for himself and to assert
his own cause.
× Gov is not made in virtue of natural right, Gov is a contrivance(device)
of human wisdom to provide human wants
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