Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents

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Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents is a political pamphlet by the Irish politician and philosopher Edmund Burke, first published on 23 April 1770. [1] The subject is the nepotism of King George III and the influence of the Court on the House of Commons of Great Britain. [2] The essay was influential in defining political parties and their roles within government. [3] In it, Burke argued that 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". [3]

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