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His break with his political friends of thirty years was profound. He died at the end of the decade a solitary figure. Yet looking back now it is hard not to admire his insight. His view of events seems even more compelling than, say, that of Thomas Paine, who brought out his own broadside The Rights of Man in response to Burke. Paine, it is worth recalling, spent months languishing in a French prison as the revolution took its vicious course in 1793 and 1794. While Paine's defence of democracy is eloquent, it is hard not to see something more profound in Burke's comment that: Of this I am certain, that in a democracy, the majority of the citizens is capable of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority, whenever strong divisions prevail in that kind of polity, as they often must; and that oppression of the minority will extend to far greater numbers, and will be carried on with much greater fury, than can almost ever be apprehended from the dominion of a single sceptre.