Edmund Burke (1729-1797), an Anglo-Irish statesman, author, orator, political theorist, and philosopher. He served for many years in the British House of Commons as a member of the Whig party. Interestingly, though a Whig (Liberal) he is recognized as the father of modern conservatism. He supported the cause of the colonies and was opposed to making war on them.

Recently, I found that he became famous for something he did not write.

In an essay, Thoughts on the Cause of Present Discontents, what he wrote was :
"When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied (sic) sacrifice in a contemptible struggle."

Over the years it got changed to this:
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

Perhaps, today, we need to change 'men' to 'people'.

G~O~D--Now & ForeverIS:Nature, Nurture & PNEUMA-ture, Thanks to Warren Farr&ME AT www.unitheist.org