Quote of the day–Thomas Paine

The instant formal government is abolished, society begins to act. A general association takes place, and common interest produces common security.

Thomas Paine
The Rights of Man
[I recently finished “reading” (listening to it) this book. I was familiar with most of the material in it but what struck me was the debate between him and Edward Burke. Burke was defending a monarchical type of government and Paine argued people had “natural rights” that no government had authority to infringe. It was then that I realized just how revolutionary Paine’s ideas were and how important to Western society many of them are.

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It’s not a particularly long book but it is a very important book.–Joe]

3 thoughts on “Quote of the day–Thomas Paine

  1. Also of major influence to American colonists leading up to the revolution were the writings of John Locke. The earliest mention of “natural law” I have ever read in reference to the events and mind set of the American patriots was from John Locke.

    For a detailed account of the events and tyranny in the American colonies along with excellent references, track down ORIGINS of the AMERICAN REVOLUTION by John C. Miller. Published by Little, Brown & Co. 1943. I believe the events we are experiencing now and will experience shortly are documented in this book.

    Thomas Paine was a motivator and true American Patriot. We need another like him now.

  2. Thomas Paine is a favorite of mine. Several years ago I traveled to England for work. The plant was in Thetford, Paine’s hometown. There is a statue of him right outside the hotel where I stayed, and I often ate at his home (which was now a hotel and pub).

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