Title page from Select Works of Edmund Burke, vol. 4

Part of: Select Works of Edmund Burke, 4 vols. Select Works of Edmund Burke, vol. 4

This volume contains some of Burke’s speeches on parliamentary reform, on colonial policy in India, and on economic matters.

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“Tyranny and cruelty may make men justly wish the downfall of abused powers, but I believe that no government ever yet perished from any other direct cause than it’s [sic] own weakness. My opinion is against an over-doing of any sort of administration, and more especially against this most…


To provide for us in our necessities is not in the power of Government. It would be a vain presumption in statesmen to think they can do it. The people maintain them, and not they the people. It is in the power of Government to prevent much evil; it can do very little positive good in this, or…

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