The Relevance of Thomas Paine

Mr. Hugh Curtler shares many of my posts, and today I am sharing this one from him, titled ‘The Relevance of Thomas Paine.’ It is proof that good ideas never outlive their usefulness, just as the writings and ideas of Thomas Paine have survived and thrived throughout the centuries and still have relevance for us today. Thank you, Hugh, for this post and for allowing me (albeit implicitly, since I didn’t actually ask this time) to share.

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I have been reading Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” about which Wikipedia has this to tell us:

Thomas Paine has a claim to the title The Father of the American Revolution,which rests on his pamphlets, especially “Common Sense,” which crystallized sentiment for independence in 1776. It was published in Philadelphia on January 10, 1776 and signed anonymously “by an Englishman.” It became an immediate success, quickly spreading 100,000 copies in three months to the two million residents of the 13 colonies. In all about 500,000 copies total including unauthorized editions were sold during the course of the Revolution.

The pamphlet came into circulation in January 1776, after the Revolution had started. It was passed around, and often read aloud in taverns, contributing significantly to spreading the idea of republicanism, bolstering enthusiasm for separation from Britain, and encouraging recruitment for the Continental Army. Paine provided a new and convincing argument for…

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