Thursday, 3 May 2012

Edmond Burke & Reflections on Irish Society

Statue Hon. E, Burke Trinity College
Edmond Burke political theorist, and father of Conservative British political science. "we receive, we hold, we transmit our government." He believed that government should be a cooperative relationship between rulers and subject and that, while the past was important a willingness to adapt to the inevitability of change could hopefully reaffirm traditional values under new circumstances. Reform of constitution over generations through a body politic which is set upon stable institutions. Headed by competent men whom nourish their heritage and seek to uphold its principals for the next generation is Burke's main position when it comes to his opposition to the French Revolution.

The Evils of Revolution... Burke Illuminates the universal destructive elements in a society which is under a vale of revolution. A brake down of civic society; mob rule, holding a disregard for life decency, charity and tolerances. Burke sites that revolution is a nursery of future revolution rather than a "parent of settlement" Through revolution those whom attempt to level never equalize "ignoble oligarchy" with unbridled freedom comes irresponsibility.

We can witness this in many post revolutionary societies whether in Africa and specially in Ireland, right from its bloody conception to 2012 tribunal of inquiry. The Irish State is one of the most unequal societies in Europe; in relation to heath services, education, above all governmental accountability. "society is indeed a contract[...] but the state ought not to be considered as nothing better than a partnership agreement in a trade[...] to be taken up for a little temporary interest." This is something which stands out in the historical narrative of the Irish State, self interest when it comes to State management, the housing bubble is a prim-example of individual interest at play. There is no contract between Irish citizen and state, financial sovereignty is lost to Germany and if one those not hold independence of one's finances then you loses control over many parts of one's life, likewise the state is in the same position... if it has no control over finance it removes itself from being sovereign.

In 2011 45,000 emigrants left Ireland many moving to start new life's in stable British Commonwealth Countries. Our nearest neighbough and sister island; United Kingdom receiving many economic migrants from Ireland. When Burke stated "partnership not only between those who are living, but between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are to be born" regardless of recession this stable British society which Burke writes about is still functioning today as it has for many centuries. It is a heritage which Ireland is part of, and as a society it needs to move beyond its rebellions ("revolution will be the very last resource of the thinking and the good") and to reach out to its British democratic link. Re joining the Commonwealth would be one stable and positive move for Irish democracy and society.

The Honorable Edmond Burke still specks to us through the centuries, his political theories are as relevant today as they where, when first penned. The Evils of Revolution (Penguin Great Ideas) Edmond Burke For further history links and information on Irish historical tours