Printer Friendly

Whigging out.

Even such a learned scholar as David Bromwich ("Right Reflections," May 18), who has edited Edmund Burke's letters, does not mention that Burke was a Whig, not a Tory, which is why he never described himself as a conservative. He called himself an "Old Whig," a term that F.A. Hayek used to describe his own political center of gravity. The Old Whigs were those in the Whig Party who opposed the French Revolution.

Other than that, Burke has little in common with the conservatives. He supported the American colonists in seeking independence from the Crown and emphasized the importance of trade when the Tories still supported the antitrade Corn Laws. The Whigs were the precursors of the Liberals, their leading statesman being Melbourne, a man who disliked change but sought to manage it when it was absolutely necessary to prevent a revolution.

Melbourne would have considered today's Republicans to be laughable, mostly because they have no class.

RICHARD CUMMINGS

Via e-mail

COPYRIGHT 2009 The American Conservative LLC
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2009 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:Forum
Author:Cummings, Richard
Publication:The American Conservative
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Aug 1, 2009
Words:162
Previous Article:My first tac.
Next Article:Green-Industrial complex: Al Gore and his allies know the color of money.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2019 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters