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