Edmund Burke’s (1729-1797) Top Twenty Conflict Tips

In the spirit of continuing to take a look at traditional conservatism, I thought it would be fun to construct one of our Top Ten Conflict Tips (although we found we could not do it with less than twenty) on the founder of modern conservatism Edmund Burke, though I also think Thomas Hobbes fits that bill too, and we have previously posted his conflict tips.

  1. The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
  2. Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it
  3. The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse
  4. Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing
  5. When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle
  6. But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint
  7. All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter
  8. Among a people generally corrupt liberty cannot long exist
  9. We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature
  10. It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice tell me I ought to do
  11. He that struggles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper
  12. Education is the cheap defense of nations
  13. Slavery is a weed that grows on every soil.
  14. Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair
  15. To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely
  16. Toleration is good for all, or it is good for none
  17. Nothing turns out to be so oppressive and unjust as a feeble government.
  18. It is the interest of the commercial world that wealth should be found everywhere
  19. Mere parsimony is not economy. Expense, and great expense, may be an essential part in true economy
  20. A State without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation.

See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmund_Burke

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I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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