Thomas Paine: Common Sense

Thomas Paine’s book, Common Sense, sparked revolutionary thoughts and supported revolutionary ideas for the colonists in America in the late 1700s.  Paine’s idea was to get the masses of people to revolt against British rule and he outlined reasons why this would be the best course to take.  Common Sense really helped to promote revolutionary thoughts and was a great influence to many of the colonial people because he wrote it in a language that everyone could understand and relate to.  He focused his target audience at the masse of colonials and was just trying to express his point of view on the matter of breaking away from English rule.

Government is an inexorable institution that must take place in society for it to sustain itself.  “Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness” (Page 5).  Although Paine states that, a government is a necessary evil, unavoidable in society that people have to adjust to and deal with.  The first thing that a people in a natural state of being search for is society, it’s inevitable.  The absolute monarch can become corrupt do to the position he holds in the ability to govern the country or he could be natural corrupt already.  It is not right to have a king rule the people when he is so far elevated and removed from that society in which he is trying to govern, the common people that the decisions effect should be able to have the saying the government and the laws that need to be passed.

One of the main arguments Paine gives to support America’s disentanglement from England is to say that a continent so large should not be ruled by something so small.  England should not have the right or the power to rule over America, “Small islands not capable of protecting themselves, are the proper objects for kingdoms to take under their care; but there is something very absurd, in supposing a continent to be perpetually governed by an island” (Page 35).  There was also the point stated that England is so far away from the continent of America that it takes a long time for any decisions to ever be made.  Also, that England is acting in its own best interests that may not be in favor of the American colonies.  The colonial regions are just another source of raw materials for England’s manufacturing companies and more profit that they can make off trading.  Basically, they are exploiting colonial goods for their own benefit and gain.

Overall, Paine expresses an urgency for the colonial people to remove themselves from the rule of the English government and form a new government to rule themselves instead.  His argument in whole is very convincing and he gives a great deal of support for why America and England should separate from each other.

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~ by wolfangel87 on January 31, 2011.

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