05/27/2014 05:22 pm ET Updated May 27, 2014

How To Give The Future A Vote

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Given the ferocity with which he opposed it, the Irish philosopher and statesman Edmund Burke is not often accused of radicalism. Yet here he is, writing in Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790):

Society is indeed a contract... a 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.

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