In Burke’s Speech on Conciliation with America, Burke pointed to the widespread study of law in the colonies as part of the explanation for the colonies’s “untractable spirit” of liberty.
This study (of law) renders men acute, inquisitive, dexterous, prompt in attack, ready in defence, full of resources. In other counntries, the people, more simple, and of a less mercurial cast, judge of an ill principle in government only by an actual grievance; here they anticipate the evil, and judge of the pressure of the grievance by the badness of principle. They augur misgovernment at a distance, and snuff the approach of tyranny in every tainted breeze.
What would Burke say today?