aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

Mind candy

I bought a copy of Yuval Levin's latest, The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine and the Birth of Right and Left. His thesis is that Burke and Paine and the two Revolutions they lived through and partly helped guide (though increasingly on opposite sides) stand at the head of the political divisions we still deal with in our society today.

I'm particularly interested in this because I took a course in American Thought in graduate school, for which I wrote a paper on "The Polemics of Independence," contrasting the rhetoric of Thomas Paine and John Wesley on the turmoil in the colonies, with Burke cast in the role of Cassandra.

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