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Rights of Man by Thomas Paine
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Sep 20, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction
Read from March 30 to April 01, 2010

Though this book was written for the generation of the American Revolution and mainly dealt with improvements that England could make to their government, I found that a lot of the principles could still be applied today. I learned a lot about what a constitution should do for it's country and what the government should do in following that constitution.

I think that a quote from the end of the book really sums it up. "When it shall be said in any country in the world my poor are happy; neither ignorance nor distress is to found among them; my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars; the aged are not in want; the taxes are not oppressive; the rational world is my friend, because I am a friend of its happiness: When these things can be said, then may that country boast its constitution and its government."

Though this book is not a light read and at parts can drag, I'm glad that I have read it.
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