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Rights of Man, Common Sense, and Other Political Writings (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – January 1, 2009

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  • Series: Oxford World's Classics
  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; New Ed. / edition (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019953800X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199538003
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'OUP's excellent series continues with a collection from the Christopher Hitchens de ses jours.' Guardian

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Author of Paine in Past Masters, Mark Philp is Fellow and Tutor in Politics at Oriel College, Oxford.

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By Barry N. Bishop on April 12, 2014
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Thomas Paine is a radical democrat in the sense of someone who supports universal suffrage, the equality of all people, the leveling out of special privilege, the well-being of all people in a nation, fair and progressive taxation, lowering of taxes, the health of business and the economy, the preservation of natural and civic rights, and the assertion that the sovereignty and authority of government arises from the people. He not only supports these values but he also argues quantitatively as well as politically how they can be achieved simultaneously. Such positions are "radical" because they are opposed by many of those who rule so-called democratic governments, a fact as true today as it was in the Eighteenth Century. Most democratic governments are in need of reform because, as Paine puts it, "The man who is in the receipt of a million a year is the last person to promote a spirit of reform, in the event, it should reach to himself." (p. 257) Then as now most governments are run by millionaires. But Paine could diagnose what a good government would look like: "When it shall be said in any country in the world, my poor are happy; neither ignorance nor distress is to be 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 the friend of its happiness: when these things can be said, then may that country boast its constitution and its government." (p. 317) And his argument in "Rights of Man" was that England could not so boast. He hoped that America (and France) by contrast could and would continue to do so. But Paine was opposed and ridiculed by more than one of our "founding fathers", including John Adams.Read more ›
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Carey on April 9, 2013
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This is a must read for all Americans. There is some thing in here for all of us, very common sense.
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