Common Sense By Thomas Paine


In 1776, Thomas Paine published Common Sense. His monograph inflamed its readers and ignited the American Revolution. Paine’s impassioned writing galvanized the libertarian movement for independence, not just from Britain but from coercive government in general.

As Craig Nelson writes, Paine “”was the biggest bestselling author of the eighteenth century.” The Age of Reason was the second-biggest bestseller. The Rights of Man was first, and Common Sense was third.

As a revolutionary pamphlet, and even as a piece of political philosophy, Common Sense is nearly unequaled in the history of the human race. It is passionate, sincere, and very persuasive.

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  •  Jeffrey Tucker

    Common Sense by Thomas Paine

    Common Sense Thomas Paine urged revolution and immediately but what did he mean by that? Did he long for violence? I don’t think so. He longed for independence. Did the revolution turn out the way he imagined? Not at all. When he returned from France, he was arrested and derided for his free-thinking ways. Kick off the discussion! Questions, comments, observations or elaborations? Either reply here or create a new discussion using the tag Library_Common Sense

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