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I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer. -- Benjamin Franklin (from here)
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Category Archives: Thomas Paine
There is no question that Thomas Paine was a brave man. When he wrote Common Sense and The American Crisis, Paine earned the ire of the English government. His publication of Part 1 of The Rights of Man aroused the anger of … Continue reading
When he arrived in America 1774, Thomas Paine was 37 years old. He may have been at what have been the low point of his life. The voyage had made him so terribly ill he was delirious when he was carried off the ship; he … Continue reading
We usually think of Paine’s contemporaries as our nation’s Founding Fathers. However, as Paine was born in Great Britain, I suspect he would have also included many Englishmen as contemporaries. So it is that some time ago, I wrote a … Continue reading
Sometimes men have debates of real substance. Thomas Paine had such debates. With the Rights of Man (Part I here and Part II here), Paine countered Edmund Burke‘s November 1, 1790 pamphlet, Reflections on the Revolution in France. Paine defended … Continue reading