Books: Common Sense, by Thomas Paine

Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher. 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 when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer.”

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4 thoughts on “Books: Common Sense, by Thomas Paine

  1. Government is such a dilemma. So needed, but any organization takes on an identify/life of its own and eventually becomes a self perpetuating institution, who’s aims come into conflict with those it would serve.

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