There is no question that Edmund Burke is a figure that is almost universally revered today,¬†over two centuries removed from his death. The more interesting question is how can such a wide range of people along the political spectrum claim Edmund Burke as their inspiration? Their forefather, if you will. Popular history has pigeonholed Burke as ‘the Father of Modern English conservatism,” and though that may be fairly accurate in one sense, we can get a better idea of the subtext by looking at the life of Edmund Burke and why he did the things that he did. Edmund Burke...

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