Editor’s note: The following remarks were delivered at The New Criterion’s gala on April 29, 2015 honoring Charles Murray with the third Edmund Burke Award for Service to Culture and Society.

I am a little wary about receiving an award named for Edmund Burke two weeks before the publication of a book in which I advocate massive, systematic civil disobedience. I am not at all sure that Mr. Burke would approve. So let me try to placate Mr. Burke’s shade by talking for a few minutes about the roots of the book called By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission.

The operational plan I propose in the book is...

 
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