Rights Of Man Thomas Paine Summary

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Thomas Paine was an English-American political activist, philosopher, political theorist and revolutionary. I believe that he was a very amazing person just because he was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Furthermore, he inspired the rebels in 1776 to declare independence from Britain. Also as a political activist, Thomas Paine had his views on the American Revolution. Paine made sure that his ideas of the Revolution were going to be passed down through generations by writing a book called “Rights of Man”. To summarize what this book is about, Thomas Paine examines the nature of human rights and the potential for nations to secure peace through the adoption of governments based on these rights. In Rights of Man, Thomas Paine …show more content…
Made up as it is of people from different nations, accustomed to different forms and habits of government, speaking different languages, and more different in their modes of worship, it would appear that the union of such a people was impracticable; but by the simple operation of constructing government on the principles of society and the rights of man, every difficulty retires, and all the parts are brought into cordial unison. There the poor are not oppressed, the rich are not privileged. Industry is not mortified by the splendid extravagance of a court rioting at its expense. Their taxes are few, because their government is just: and as there is nothing to render them wretched, there is nothing to engender riots and tumults.” Thomas Paine sees America as a place of harmony but I believe that his judgement on America is invalid in today’s time period. As I had said before, Paine’s idea of America is invalid in today’s time. As time progresses to this time which is 2015, America still is not really “in sync” with every person in the whole country. When I say “in sync” I don’t mean the boy band, I mean the way every person in this country can unite together and say “I am happy to coexist with a person that is of a different ethnicity than I am ”. The general idea of racism and discrimination still lingers on in …show more content…
This argument should interest those who read and respect Paine’s work. Beyond this limited audience, however, my point should speak to anyone who cares about the larger issue of Thomas Paine’s philosophy and how it does not exist in this time period because of people’s involving morals and the way each person sees each other. Most importantly now the social structure in today’s time whether each person has a higher income. As said, the british monarchy had too much control over the colonists that made the colonists want to start a revolution which actually did happen called the “American Revolution”. Thomas Paine was a deeply involved person during the American Revolution with his ideas of the poor and the rich. Now the real arguable question is, what is this Thomas Paine’s real reason to write this book? Paine argues that the interests of the monarch and his people are united, and insists that the French Revolution should be understood as one which attacks the despotic principles of the French monarchy, not the king himself, and he takes the Bastille to symbolise the despotism that had been overthrown. According to Enotes, “Paine’s central point is that the French Revolution emerged from reason rather than force, and that reason has guided the principles of the new

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