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Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of the government. The history of liberty is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it. -- Woodrow Wilson, speech at New York Press Club (9 September 1912), in The papers of Woodrow Wilson, 25:124 (from here)
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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