Tom G Glass
on January 10, 2021
Today, Jan 10, is the date in 1776 of the issuance of Common Sense by Thomas Paine. Here are the opening sentences:
SOME writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins. 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 . . .
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Steve Blu
It's been 25 years since I've read this. Maybe I should brush up on it again.
January 10, 2021