Thomas Paine, largely self-educated, comes to the colonies
after meeting Benjamin Franklin in London.
1776 Thomas Paine is writing for
Pennsylvania Magazine, later became its editor and begins working on
Without Thomas Paine's newsprint 'magazines' there
might never have been an American Revolution.
Thomas Paine, a liberal
thinker, opposes slavery,
abhors monarchy and promotes republicanism - res-publica, the public affairs,
or the public good.
Liberal thinkers of his
time - George Washington,
Thomas Jefferson, John
Hancock, John Adams,
Samuel Adams and
Benjamin Franklin - were
skeptical of the institutions of power that included
the "kingly oppressions" of
monarchs, the Roman Catholic church and chartered incorporations of that
time represented by the dominant predatory giant of the day - the
British East India
"A great part
of the order which reigns among mankind is not the effect of
That order has its origin in
the principles of society and
the natural constitution of
That order existed prior
to government, and would continue to exist if the formality of government was
dependence and reciprocal interest which man has upon man, and
all the parts of civilized
community upon each other, create that
great chain of connection which
holds it together.
Common interest regulates citizen's concerns,
and forms their law; and the laws which common usage ordains, have a greater
influence than the laws of government.
Society performs for itself almost everything
which is ascribed to government.
No one man is capable, without the
aid of society, of supplying
his own wants, and those wants, acting upon every individual, impel the whole
into society, as naturally as
Nature has implanted in man a
system of social affections, which,
though not necessary to his existence,
are essential to his happiness.
The instant formal government is
abolished, society begins to act: a general association takes place, and common
interest produces common security.
In short, man is so naturally a
creature of society that it is almost impossible to put him out of
All the great laws of society are
of trade and commerce, whether with
regard to the intercourse of individuals or of nations, are
laws of mutual and reciprocal
These laws are followed and obeyed, because it is the
interest of the parties so to do, and not on account of any formal laws their
governments may impose or interpose.
Governments, far from being always the cause
or means of order, are often the destruction of it.
One of the great
advantages of the American Revolution has been, that it led to a discovery of
the principles, and laid open the imposition, of governments.
revolutions till then had been worked within the atmosphere of a court, and
never on the grand floor of a nation.
The parties were always of the
class of courtiers; and whatever was
their rage for reformation, they carefully preserved the fraud of the
blinding the understanding of man,
and making him believe that government is some wonderful
Government is nothing more than a
national association added onto the principles of society.
Government, on the old system, is
an assumption of
power, for the aggrandizement of itself; on the
new, a delegation of power for the
common benefit of society.
The former supports itself by keeping up a
system of war; the latter promotes a
system of peace, as the true
means of enriching a nation.
one encourages national
prejudices; the other promotes
universal society, as the
means of universal commerce.
one measures its prosperity, by the
quantity of revenue it extorts;
the other proves its
excellence, by the small quantity of taxes it requires.
glanced at a few of the defects of the old hereditary systems of
government, let us compare it with the new,
or representative system.
representative system of government is calculated to produce the wisest laws,
by collecting wisdom from where it can
is called government is no more than some common center in which all the parts
of society unite.
A nation is
not a body, the figure of which is to be represented by the human body; but
is like a body contained within a
circle, having a common center, in which every radius meets; and that
center is formed by representation.
The system of government now called
the new, representative government, is the most ancient in principle of all
that have existed, being founded on
the original, inherent
rights of the living human
Tyranny and the sword
have suspended the exercise of those rights for many centuries past, it
serves better the purpose of distinction to call it the new, than to claim the
right of calling it the old.
The representative system takes
the culture for its basis;
experience, for its guide.
A truly representative system will parallel
the order and immutable
laws of nature.
representative system diffuses such a body of knowledge throughout a nation, on
the subject of government, as to
explode ignorance and
Government that does not act on the principle
of a Republic, the res-publica as its sole object, is
A republican form of government is no other than
government established and conducted for the interest of the public,
individually as well as collectively.
A republican form of government is
not necessarily connected with any particular form, but it most naturally
associates with the representative form.
In the representative system,
the reason for everything must
publicly appear (be transparent).
Every man is a proprietor in
government, and considers it a necessary part of his business to
Government concerns his interest, because it
affects his property and his rights.
A thinking man examines the
cost, and compares it with the advantages; and above all, he does not adopt the
slavish custom of following what in other governments are called
LEADERS." - Thomas Paine,
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