Category Archives: Thomas Paine

The Ethics of the Income Tax

Without feeling any serious obligation to consider the ethics of what he wants, I have a commenter who insists upon spending other people’s money on his social causes. His name is  joesix. Since religious and moral choices undergird every political system, I … Continue reading

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THE UTOPIAN DREAMS OF 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

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PAINE ON SLAVERY

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

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JUSTIFYING THE RULE OF A KING

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

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OBLIGATIONS AND DICTATES FROM THE PAST

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

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