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Common Sense By Thomas Paine Edited with an Introduction by Isaac Kramnic New York Penguin Books 1986 Recently I acquired a copy of Thomas Paines most recent patriotic pamphlet entitled Common Sense I was immediately interested in what Paine had to say in his new work after such powerful previous works such as The Crisis series I was nothing less than astonished at how Paine so powerfully conveyed his patriotic message Paine theorizes a split between England and the colonial states At the same time as a split is theorized it would form a union of the colonial states into one country united into one body on our American principles no longer under the rule of the British Parliament and its ridiculous taxes and misrepresentation Paine delivers one of the most compelling arguments I have heard on why there should be a division between the English and the Americans The British Parliament has long been a bane to the colonists in the New World with the passage of all their acts to tax us simply because we are more productive Paine makes his contempt for the current system of government quite clear early on Society in every state is a blessing but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil in its worst state an intolerable one for even we suffer or are exposed to the same miseries by a government which we might expect in a country without government our calamities is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer 65 Paine clearly believes that the English government falls into the intolerable category of governments Although a system of government is a required entity in almost any society there are much better ways to govern a people besides the British monarchal system Paine discusses how the Parliament is set up as a representation of the people but what good is representation in a monarchy
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