The Great Debate

The Great Debate

Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left

Book - 2014
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For more than two centuries, our political life has been divided between a party of progress and a party of conservation. In The Great Debate, Yuval Levin explores the origins of the left/right divide by examining the views of the men who best represented each side of that debate at its outset: Edmund Burke and Thomas Paine. In a groundbreaking exploration of the roots of our political order, Levin shows that American partisanship originated in the debates over the French Revolution, fueled by the fiery rhetoric of these ideological titans.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2014
ISBN: 9780465050970
Characteristics: xix, 275 p. ; 25 cm


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May 25, 2017

I read a reference to this one in another book on current political thought and hoped to learn more about the fine points of Burke that conservatives find so compelling these days. Unfortunately, the interesting points were submerged in too much comparison of attitudes and lifestyles. This book should've been a monograph, way shorter and concentrated. It's worthwhile only if you have the time to wade through it.


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