Common Sense, The Rights of Man and Other Essential Writings of Thomas Paine
I would like to make this part of my freshmen curriculum if I didn't think I would have to scaffold it to death and have h...more
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"These are the times that try men's souls," begins Thomas Paine's first Crisis paper, the impassioned pamphlet that helped ignite the American Revolution. Published in Philadelphia in January of 1776, Common Sense sold 150,000 copies almost immediately. A powerful piece of propaganda...more
"You have strayed away from something that was so clearly laid out for you, Come back."
Come back NOT to a system of the wealthiest man or woman dominates the poor but one where ALL MEN AND WOMEN are equ...more
Quotes I liked:
"I have always held it an opinion (making it also my practice) that it is...more
His ideas on human rights (male, white land owners) are born out of a space where people were being denied the ability to actively participate in governing systems. While his ideas are not original, he was the one who got people's attention, including the founders of this country.
I think it deserves to be said that he wasn't an altruist. He wasn't looking to protect...more
It is almost a cliche to say that this book is incredibly important to American history. It is also a book that is easy to read in excerpts in other sources, so reading the whole thing was helpful and something I've been putting off...more
"One of the strongest natural proofs of the folly of hereditary right in kings, is, that nature disapproves it, otherwise she would not so frequently turn it into ridicule by giving mankind an ass for a lion."
Another quote, which I find very applicable to current politics:
"Immediate necessity makes many things convenient, which if continued would grow into oppressions. Expedience and right are different things."
A book every American should have to read.
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In those days, unsurprisingly, my intellectual home was with the Enlightenment and the values of the American and French revolutions. College studies were to expand and challenge these views.