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Rights of Man, Common Sense, and Other Political Writings (Oxford World's Classics) 1st Edition
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The Quaker belief in egalitarianism, in man who does not need priests to mediate and who has the inner light of conscience contribute to his thought.
That he wasn't formerly educated means he can think freely without the crippling weight of tradition behind him. His writings are original and do not cite large bibliographies and think the thoughts of other men after them. ‘I scarcely ever quote; the reason is I always think.'
His analytical treatment of political affairs shows indebtedness to an Enlightenment view of the natural order of the world. It anticipates a Hegelian view of history and Marx's class—war idea.
It is encouraging that he accepts, unlike most socialists, the right to have private property, provided that it has been gained by one's own labour and not inherited.
His acceptance of war as a means to gain justice for the poor but not as a means of dynastic extension anticipates much later thinking; he is strongly influenced by the French and American Revolutions.
Marx is clearly anticipated when Paine regards work as the one thing that the peasant is able to sell as a commodity.
Interestingly, those who oppose Paine are from the same classes as those who vote Tory today — the merchants and manufacturers whose rights are threatened, rind those who believe in a mystical church—state relationship.
Parliament must represent taxpayers and not be hereditary; a man does not inherit ability from his father.Read more ›
Read his writings and appreciate a true patriot.
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Item arrived in timely manner, no problem!!!Published 16 months ago by Acquisitions, UNLV Libraries
Although it is wordy, this collection of works is as relevant today as it was in the late 1700's.Published 18 months ago by Kris Niefield
This is a must read for all Americans. There is some thing in here for all of us, very common sense.Published on April 9, 2013 by J. Carey