Rights of Man, Common Sense, and Other Political Writings

Paperback | December 13, 2008

byThomas PaineEditorMark Philp

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`An army of principles will penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot . . . it will march on the horizon of the world and it will conquer.' Thomas Paine was the first international revolutionary. His Common Sense (1776) was the most widely read pamphlet of the American Revolution; his Rights of Man (1791-2) was the most famous defence of the French Revolution and sent out a clarion call for revolution throughout the world. He paidthe price for his principles: he was outlawed in Britain, narrowly escaped execution in France, and was villified as an atheist and a Jacobin on his return to America. Paine loathed the unnatural inequalities fostered by the hereditary and monarchical systems. He believed that government must be by and for the people and must limit itself to the protection of their natural rights. But he was not a libertarian: from a commitment to natural rights he generatedone of the first blueprints for a welfare state, combining a liberal order of civil rights with egalitarian constraints. This collection brings together Paine's most powerful political writings from the American and French revolutions in the first fully annotated edition of these works.

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`An army of principles will penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot . . . it will march on the horizon of the world and it will conquer.' Thomas Paine was the first international revolutionary. His Common Sense (1776) was the most widely read pamphlet of the American Revolution; his Rights of Man (1791-2) was the most famous defen...

Author of Paine in Past Masters, Mark Philp is Fellow and Tutor in Politics at Oriel College, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.98 inPublished:December 13, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019953800X

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from tea-baggers should actually read this Glen Beck and the tea-baggers should actually read what Paine wrote. If they did, they would see that their hero was a socialist. Old age pensions, baby bonuses, welfare for the poor, publicly funded education, military disarmament -- all of these are clearly demanded by Paine. Even the dissolution of all religions was a thing he dearly longed for and expected within his lifetime.
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