Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Partisan Philosophy

As no party, in the present age, can well support itself, without a philosophical or speculative system of principles, annexed to its political or practical one; we accordingly find, that each of the factions, into which this nation is divided, has reared up a fabric of the former kind, in order to protect and cover that scheme of actions, which it pursues. The people being commonly very rude builders, especially in this speculative way, and more especially still, when actuated by party-zeal; it is natural to imagine, that their workmanship must be a little unshapely, and discover evident marks of that violence and hurry, in which it was raised.

Hume, Of the Original Contract. The particular 'rude buildings' he has in mind are passive obedience (Tory) and original contract (Whig) theories of government.

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