Themes: Overview of ideas and circumstances surrounding the origins of modern conservatism; the Burke-Paine debate over the nature of liberty, the foundations of state and society, and human rights; the significance of private property; contrasting conservatism and 18th century liberalism.
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Kirk, Russell. “Edmund Burke: A Revolution of Theoretic Dogma,” The Essential Russell Kirk (p. 138–152)
Paine, Thomas. Selections, Common Sense, in David Hollinger and Charles Capper, The American Intellectual Tradition: Volume I – 1630 to 1865
Burke, Edmund. Speech on Conciliation with the Colonies, March 22, 1775
Burke, Edmund. Thoughts and Details on Scarcity
Petrella, Frank. “Edmund Burke: A Liberal Practitioner of Political Economy”
Preece, Rod. “The Political Economy of Edmund Burke”
Winthrop, John. “A Modell of Christian Charity,” in David Hollinger and Charles Capper, The American Intellectual Tradition: Volume I – 1630 to 1865 (see also this link)
Nisbet, Robert A. Conservatism: Dream and Reality. Open University Press, 1986.