Slippery Slope Arguments in History: Edmund Burke
From his speech on Conciliation with the Colonies, Mar. 22, 1775:
Permit me, Sir, to add another circumstance in our colonies, which contributes no mean part towards the growth and effect of this untractable spirit….
In no country perhaps in the world is the law so general a study…. General Gage marks out this disposition very particularly in a letter on your table. He states, that all the people in his government are lawyers, or smatterers in law; and that in Boston they have been enabled, by successful chicane, wholly to evade many parts of one of your capital penal constitutions….
This study renders men acute, inquisitive, dexterous, prompt i
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