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Thomas Paine was the one truly radical Founding Father of America, a man who changed the face of the world through his writings. “Common Sense” inspired the American Revolution, “Rights of Man” defined the French Revolution, and then “The Age of Reason” called on us to use our ability to reason as the basis for our beliefs and morality.
He is a man largely forgotten and greatly misunderstood, ironically quoted by all and every political faction in America today. Yet his ideas about democracy, equality, slavery, pensions, healthcare and education and morality would have created a very different kind of nation if they had been acted on.
His life was a great arc. He was a man who changed the world, only to have the world he changed turn its back on him. The man who ignited revolutions would die largely ignored and distained, yet when he was writing his books and pamphlets he was at the epicenter of world events and literally transforming nations through the power of his words. He was a true man of the Enlightenment and thrilled by the idea that the potential of mankind was about to burst forth. As he said “we have it in our power to begin the world over again.”
Our Introductory Video
Letters of Recommendation
Our seven short films that use excerpts from the play are up at our page on YouTube. They challenge Bob Basso's Thomas Paine and include short clips of his distortions of Paine's words and ideas. Please visit, watch, and spread the word – we have over 11,700 hits as of today!
Also visit The Thomas Paine Society's "Tom Talks" on YouTube, the first of a series. Ian takes on one of the most topical question of day, the size of government.
The Social Security Administration has the complete text of Thomas Paine's Agrarian Justice on their web site. Extraordinary! (Thanks to The Thomas Paine Society for pointing this out).
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