Edmund Burke - The Conscience of a Nation

By Joseph E. Gannon (for the Wild Geese)

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” -- Edmund Burke

Edmund Burke was one of the most famous political thinkers of the 18th century. Through his speeches and writings, he raised the level of political debate in England, attempting to make moral principles a part of English politics. A champion of Catholic emancipation, Burke wielded his influence to weaken the heinous Penal Laws. He was born on Jan. 12, 1729, in Arran Quay, Dublin.

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