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May 13, 2009

Discussion Series: Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense”

Filed under: Politics — Sofie @ 10:58 am
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The five-part series began last Thursday, May 7, and will continue tonight and at least the next three Wednesdays:

  • May 13–Part 2, “Of Monarchy and Hereditary Succession” (text, audio)
  • May 20–Part 3, “Thoughts on the Present State of American Affairs” (text, audio)
  • May 27–Part 4, “Of the Present Ability of America: with some Miscellaneous Reflections” (text, audio)
  • June 3–Part 5, “Appendix to the Third Edition” (text, audio)

All discussions will be held at the GOP Cafe in Second Life at 6:00 p.m. SLT/PDT.

1 Comment

  1. From my perspective, what Paine challenges is entrenched privilege, consistent with the principles Locke advanced in his discussion of what constitutes just government. Paine’s subsequent writings confirmed his principles to be progressive, by which I mean never satisfied to defend conventional wisdoms. traditions or the status quo, except where they met the test of objective moral principle. Paine, I conclude, would look at our system of law in the United States and demand reforms to remove the long list of subsidies and privileges entrenched since his own time to the present.

    Comment by Edward J. Dodson — May 13, 2009 @ 2:38 pm

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