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Reflecting on Common Sense

In 1776, a text written anonymously by Thomas Paine, titled Common Sense, went viral and turned the tide of American opinion in favor of separation from Britain. It has been argued quite convincingly by scientist and political philosopher Andrew Galambos that this work by Paine was the true beginning of the American Revolution. After all, as he pointed out, revolutions themselves are not violent. In order for a revolution to occur, by definition, something must turn around. In the case of a political revolution, that “something” is the prevailing political ideology. War may or may not accompany any particular revolution, and accordingly, revolution may or may not accompany any particular war. Revolutions are necessarily intellectual.

Paine’s introduction to Common Sense begins:

PERHAPS the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not yet sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favor; a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defence of custom.

At that time, colonists were still largely in favor of reconciliation with the British – even though they had already suffered under general warrants used to enforce the Stamp Act, taxation without representation, and the attempted seizure of rifles and ammunition at Concord that lead to the “shot heard round the world.” This is not so different from where the United States is today. Americans suffer under general warrants used in the execution of the PATRIOT Act, are taxed without representation through the insidious inflation of the money supply, and the government continues in its efforts to disarm the populace. It seems rather clear that America has come full circle.

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Well written, thought provoking read. History repeats.

Thanks!

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Thomas Paine:

The mind, once enlightened, cannot once again become dark."

Drinking whiskey & coke, smoking ribs, & bumping this post...

once again...

and pickling okra from the garden

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deacon's picture

well knock it off

it is alcohol abuse to spill that drink :)
deacon

If we deny truth before your very eyes,then the rest of what we have to say,is of little consequence

I've maintained adequate control of my beverage...

Just now mopping the ribs. Gonna put on some non-GMO corn from the garden here in a few.

deacon's picture

good man !!!

here is a story for you,i saw it first hand
was at a bar,this old man was at the bar drinking,he was so drunk no one could understand him,he ended up falling off the bar stool,landing on the floor
getting up,he holds his drink high,not a drop hit the floor,and he didn't seem to be hurt
deacon

If we deny truth before your very eyes,then the rest of what we have to say,is of little consequence

Doing my best...

I will do my best to remain uninjured.

The violence is always started by the State

The violence is always started by the State, a long time prior to people calling for a revolution.

Why is this so?

By the time the state becomes oppressive enough for people to 'revolt' against it, the state has secured a monopoly of force and has been already been using it.

People tend to suffer as long as they can tolerate...

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Not enough

Self-Defense! If every time they initiated force they were facing real self defense, the story would change.

Free men have to fight back now! Sunshine patriots can leave the problem history has given us for our chrildren to FIGHT.

Someone once said and I agree "As for me, give me liberty or give me death!"

The world is my country, and to do (justice)good my religon.- Thomas Paine

The creation, production and fair exchange of values is the business of evolving consciousness, love and life.--Craig Johnson

Thomas Paine was THE founding father of the United States

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Agree!

He was not valued in these "United States of America" due to his reasoned position against slavery and after his "Age of Reason" writings while in France, based on the same (external authority) cult mentality that infect most today.

Even after written petition from Thomas Pain then Presedent George Washington turned a deft ear and his back on hero Thomas Paine while he waited wasting near certain death in a french prison for being an infidel, this after fighting side by side with him in the war for independance.

Thomas Paine is the founding father of the United States.

And only four attended his funeral.

Most discussion of him at the time of his death was on did he or did he not recant his position on religion.

The creation, production and fair exchange of values is the business of evolving consciousness, love and life.--Craig Johnson

Thank you!

For the link.

The creation, production and fair exchange of values is the business of evolving consciousness, love and life.--Craig Johnson

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for fantastic analysis of a real revolutionary.

http://lionsofliberty.com/
*Advancing the Ideas of Liberty Daily*

Appreciate it...

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