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The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left

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  • Posted May 9, 2014

    highly recommend - well worth reading

    This "debate" was between a reformer and a revolutionary. One believed a better government was formed by tearing down the old and depending on mankind's better nature to build a new one. The other believed on using the existing structure of a civil society to build a better government. This is not a long book but I found myself rereading several sections to better understand what each was saying.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014


    I'm not Christian, but I partially agree with Xio. There had to have been something behind the Big Bang, that brought that concept to existence.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014


    What do you mean is it real? Personally, I think scientific evidence shows yes. I also think that God caused the Big Bang because there had to be something behind it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014


    XIO DAH MAN! :D Dude, I %100 agree. They found the Cosmic Background Radiation, right? God said "let there be light". What he really meant was "let there be this huge universe-size explosion". xD

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  • Posted February 11, 2014

    An Excellent Analysis of Burke and Paine

    Mr Levin wrote an excellent analysis of the philosophy of Tom Paine and Edmund Burke. He made complex issues understandable and wove in well the times in which they lived and their backgrounds. I am not sure that he fully completes the circle in trying to link Burke and Paine to the right left split in contemporary America. The right no does not want to build on instittutions that have flourished but need tweaking. They are desirous of striking everything down. The left is unwilling to modify what works but desires to expand government power.
    Neither party would fully support a single payer health care system.
    The Republicans eschew immigration reform.
    Levin neglects foreign policy entirely which is central to politcits today.
    Eric Rosen

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