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Thomas Paine (February 9, 1737 [O.S. January 29, 1736] - June 8, 1809) was an English-American political activist, philosopher, political theorist, and revolutionary. One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, he authored the two most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution, and he inspired the rebels in 1776 to declare independence from Britain. His ideas reflected Enlightenment-era rhetoric of transnational human rights. He has been called "a corsetmaker by trade, a journalist by profession, and a propagandist by inclination".
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Published anonymously on January 10, 1776, Thomas Paine’s legendary work made the case for American independence.
An immediate sensation across the thirteen colonies, Common Sense extolled Paine’s belief that government should be simple and represent the will of the people, acting not as an oppressor but as a body to protect society. His clear and persuasive argument appealed to the common people, impressing on them the importance of secession from Great Britain. Six months after Common Sense was published, independence was declared, and the American Revolution was born.
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We must end debt slavery.
The United States began a depression in 1920 just after the end of World War I. Millions of jobs were lost, thousands of companies went bankrupt while the government provided no support to anyone. That depression lasted eighteen months.
Another depression began in 1929. This time the government stepped in and provided assistance to business to give support to the twenty-five per cent of Americans who had lost their jobs and were on hard times. As a result of massive government involvement this depression lasted a dozen years and needed a new World War to get the country back to work.
We have entered a greater depression. If we allow the government to try to solve a debt problem by going even deeper into debt, it will probably take fifteen years to get the country back on its feet. Maybe another World War.
On the other hand if we restored honest money to our financial system to put the brakes on unnecessary government spending Americans could be back to work again in eighteen months.
Thomas Paine (1737-1809) was an English-American political activist, philosopher, political theorist, and revolutionary. One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, he authored the two most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution, and he inspired the rebels in 1776 to declare independence from Britain. Paine's ideas reflected Enlightenment-era rhetoric of transnational human rights.