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Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents

"Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents" is an essay written by Edmund Burke, an 18th-century political theorist and philosopher. The subject is the nepotism of King George III and the influence of the Court on the House of Commons of Great Britain.[1] The essay was influential in defining political parties and their roles within government.[2] As Burke wrote, parties are "bod[ies] of men united for promoting by their joint endeavours the national interest upon some particular principle in which they are all agreed".[2]


  1. ^ Ian Ousby (23 February 1996). The Cambridge Paperback Guide to Literature in English. Cambridge University Press. p. 59. ISBN 978-0-521-43627-4. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  2. ^ a b Susan E. Scarrow (4 October 2002). Perspectives on Political Parties: Classic Readings. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 37. ISBN 978-0-312-29523-3. Retrieved 12 August 2012.

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