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Common Sense by Thomas Paine
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Jul 10, 11

it was ok
bookshelves: nook-st, non-fiction
Read from July 07 to 09, 2011


“Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil…”—page 2

Finally, I’ve read Thomas Paine’s ‘Common Sense.’ Although it is an interesting and insightful read, it was a much more reasoned essay, and not nearly as incendiary and inflammatory as I had anticipated. I’d always envisioned Thomas Paine as the ‘great (loudmouthed) rabble-rouser’. There must have been more rabble easier to arouse in the eighteenth century.

Then, too, the vociferous rhetoric of Robert G. Ingersoll is a tough act to follow.

“Commerce diminishes the spirit both of patriotism and military defense.”—page 35

Barnes and Noble NOOKbook, 46 pages

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