Edmund Burke is one of Britain’s towering intellectual figures, a man, who, like his contemporary Adam Smith, continues to impact our moral and political order. I have spoken about Burke here: http://www.libertylawsite.org/2016/09/07/burke-and-burkinis/.
At the heart of his thinking is the idea of inheritance, that you and I live by the grace of what he terms “liberal descent.” By this he means that you and I inhabit a world shaped for the good by past contributors to our civilisation; that each day our projects rely on the liberality of ancestors. For some who inherit significant wealth, this is most evident, but we all of us live inside an established order and many countries have long benefited from the accumulated wisdom and property of countrymen.
Some design businesses are acutely away of this. This ad for the Mercedes-Benz museum is a clear illustration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwE8UPKaQBU.
Intriguingly, Apple are now following suit: http://www.dazeddigital.com/artsandculture/article/33692/1/discussing-design-with-the-man-behind-your-iphone.
This video below also shows Apple’s Burkean sensibility.