Edmund BurkeEdmund Burke, (1729-1797) Irish-born British statesman, parliamentary orator, and political thinker

Edmund Burke Quote

“Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe.”

Edmund BurkeEdmund Burke
~ Edmund Burke

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Anon    5/13/10

We must have liberty to know justice and we must have justice to know liberty. 5 stars

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RBESRQ    5/13/10

Yes, the two are bedfellows. There are several meanings behind the noun Burke, and this is one of them: A conniving person consumed with self-interest and completely lacking in morality or any other redeeming qualities, exemplified by an abuse of power or act of subversion. I only say this because in the UK it's used at least once a day in conversation - the other definitions you don't want to know.

jim k, Austin

We have neither liberty nor justice in the U.S. today. When the cops can take your property under asset forfeiture laws without even charging you with a crime , where is the justice. Check out the Institute for Justice and find out all about it.

Justin, Elkland

RBE, the only definitition for burke that I am aware of is to smother someone for the purpose of using the body for dissection, and is attributed to William Burke.

Justin, Elkland

Brits should be careful when using the term burke. It sounds too similar to burqa and could cause some dangerous misunderstandings once Sharia Law is fully instituted in the U.K.

warren, olathe

KInda makes you think about terms like "economic justice" and "social justice" doesn't it. Of course such leftist terms are just perversions of the meaning of the word but that is obviously the point of it all. Convert everyone to selfish, greedy, dependent, voters that know nothing of social responsibility or true justice or liberty for that matter.

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    RBESRQ    5/13/10

    Justin you are correct - the Brits have used Berke as in my first definition above. Don't worry the Brits only use it in conversation like the word "Brick" meaning the opposite to Burke.

    Abigail Adams, hb

    As seen every day while corruption becomes the norm

    E Archer, NYC

    Just as the Church of England villified any who was not 'on board' so, too, was Edmund Burke for his support of the American colonies as they called for justice. So now Burke is a dirty word in the UK? Typical. RBE, I don't get you these days. What form of Liberty do you ascribe to?

    Mike, Norwalk

    ABSOLUTELY! ! ! We hold this truth to be self evident.

    Ronw13, OR

    The ills of a democracy. Narrowly defined should be the judgement of representatives concerning our Declaration and Constitution. 
    "Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgement, and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion." The knowledge to govern well is not common among the people, and should never be entrusted to those who are guided by passions of private or popular opinion. 

    Howard, Bangkok
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    Howard, Bangkok Ronw13, OR 4/2/19

    Should not be trusted to anyone.


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