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As the wondering audience whom Mr. Burke supposes himself talking to, may not understand all this learned jargon, I will undertake to be its interpreter. The meaning then, good people, of all this, is, that government is governed by no principle whatever; that it can make evil good, or good evil, just as it pleases. In short, that government is arbitrary power.

Political Philosophy: Machiavelli to Mill. Thomas Paine's "Rights of Man: being an answer to Mr. Burke's attack on the French revolution," Part 1, Chapter 4, Miscellaneous Chapter


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