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AUTHOR: Edmund Burke (1729–97)
QUOTATION: If any ask me what a free government is, I answer, that, for any practical purpose, it is what the people think so,—and that they, and not I, are the natural, lawful, and competent judges of this matter.
ATTRIBUTION: EDMUND BURKE, letter to the sheriffs of Bristol, April 3, 1777.—The Works of the Right Honorable Edmund Burke, vol. 2, p. 227 (1899).
SUBJECTS: Government—definition of