"Whenever a separation is made
between liberty and justice,
neither, in my opinion, is safe."
Edmund Burke
(1729-1797) Irish-born British statesman, parliamentary orator, and political thinker
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We must have liberty to know justice and we must have justice to know liberty. 5 stars
 -- Anon     
     -- Dale Folse, Arlington      
    Yes, the two are bedfellows. There are several meanings behind the noun Burke, and this is one of them: A conniving person consumed with self-interest and completely lacking in morality or any other redeeming qualities, exemplified by an abuse of power or act of subversion. I only say this because in the UK it's used at least once a day in conversation - the other definitions you don't want to know.
     -- RBESRQ     
    We have neither liberty nor justice in the U.S. today. When the cops can take your property under asset forfeiture laws without even charging you with a crime , where is the justice. Check out the Institute for Justice and find out all about it.
     -- jim k, Austin     
    RBE, the only definitition for burke that I am aware of is to smother someone for the purpose of using the body for dissection, and is attributed to William Burke.
     -- Justin, Elkland     
    Brits should be careful when using the term burke. It sounds too similar to burqa and could cause some dangerous misunderstandings once Sharia Law is fully instituted in the U.K.
     -- Justin, Elkland     
    KInda makes you think about terms like "economic justice" and "social justice" doesn't it. Of course such leftist terms are just perversions of the meaning of the word but that is obviously the point of it all. Convert everyone to selfish, greedy, dependent, voters that know nothing of social responsibility or true justice or liberty for that matter.
     -- warren, olathe     
    Justin you are correct - the Brits have used Berke as in my first definition above. Don't worry the Brits only use it in conversation like the word "Brick" meaning the opposite to Burke.
     -- RBESRQ     
    As seen every day while corruption becomes the norm
     -- Abigail Adams, hb     
    Just as the Church of England villified any who was not 'on board' so, too, was Edmund Burke for his support of the American colonies as they called for justice. So now Burke is a dirty word in the UK? Typical. RBE, I don't get you these days. What form of Liberty do you ascribe to?
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    ABSOLUTELY! ! ! We hold this truth to be self evident.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    The ills of a democracy. Narrowly defined should be the judgement of representatives concerning our Declaration and Constitution. 
    "Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgement, and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion." The knowledge to govern well is not common among the people, and should never be entrusted to those who are guided by passions of private or popular opinion. 
     -- Ronw13, OR     
    Should not be trusted to anyone.
     -- Howard, Bangkok     
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