'Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.'
In view of the reality-inverting tragicomedy which is currently unfolding in the United States of America (where the unfinished rational experiment of government of the people, by the people and for the people has evidently been temporarily suspended), Blog readers are invited to read the once-radical thoughts of my fellow Englishman, Tom Paine (1737-1809).
- Of the Origin and Design of Government in general,
with concise Remarks on the English Constitution.
- Of Monarchy and Hereditary Succession
- Thoughts on the present State of American Affairs
- Of the present Ability of America, with some
Or those whom choice and common good ordain.
By Thomas Paine
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