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Society Is Indeed a Contract

The Right Honourable Edmund Burke, circa 1771

“Society is indeed a contract. Subordinate contracts for objects of mere occasional interest may be dissolved at pleasure — but the state ought not to be considered as nothing better than a partnership agreement in a trade of pepper and coffee, callico or tobacco, or some other such low concern, to be taken up for a little temporary interest, and to be dissolved by the fancy of the parties. It is to be looked on with other reverence; because it is not a partnership in things subservient only to the gross animal existence of a temporary and perishable nature. It is a partnership in all science; a partnership in all art; a partnership in every virtue, and in all perfection. As the ends of such a partnership cannot be obtained in many generations, it becomes a partnership not only between those who are living, but between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are to be born. Each contract of each particular state is but a clause in the great primaeval contract of eternal society, linking the lower with the higher natures, connecting the visible and invisible world, according to a fixed compact sanctioned by the inviolable oath which holds all physical and moral natures, each in their appointed place.” Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790)

I want to thank John Mauldin and his introduction of Michael Lewitt, for a reminder of what Edmund Burke was all about. Edmund dedicated his life to the study of aesthetic philosophy and always sought new ideas, new viewpoints and progress.

As such, he served in the British House of Commons and stood up to the majority who tried to crush the American Revolution. He saw the “win.”

Intown Atlanta Sellers and Buyers – “win / win” or no deal, alright?

It’s part of the “great primieval contract of eternal society!”

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