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Common Sense

Thomas Paine, 1776


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Resource IDpaine1776
Resource titleCommon Sense
Author/sourceThomas Paine
Date published 1776
Summary text/ abstractSOME writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness POSITIVELY by uniting our affections, the latter NEGATIVELY by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher.
Library categoriesAnarchism & Action, Politics
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