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Common Sense by Thomas Paine
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Nov 03, 09

bookshelves: political-philosophy, politics, history-short-periods
Read in November, 2009

Great read! Paine's analysis of the impossibility of the colonies peacefully continuing to submit to the monarchy of England is superb and indeed common sense. It was a logistic, political, and ethical impossibility.

His glossing over of the dangers the new confederation of states would face is more questionable (e.g. claiming that no one reasonable can suppose that one state would try to wield more power than another...when he was obviously not dumb enough to believe that assertion), but you can see why overall the book would have been persuasive.

I read this text attached to the back of Glenn Beck's dumb book, Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government Inspired by Thomas Paine, and it really serves as a contrast to Beck's vapid reasoning.
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