Thomas Paine 's Common Sense Essay

1491 Words Nov 16th, 2014 6 Pages
The health of society is greatly affected by the power of the government. When that power is too weak, the government cannot do its job, but when it is too strong, the leaders may abuse their power and oppress the citizens. In a perfect world citizens would monitor the actions of their government to prevent abuses of power. However, we all born to be free and every one is equal. As Thomas Paine argues in his “Common sense” that we should have control in government, instead of let them to control us. Because is us to form the government so we should follow a certain way to make sure that we all been treat equal. The first point that Thomas Paine makes is whether we need the government or not. Many people think that the society and the government are the same thing. However, Paine argues that this is not true, is society creates government. In “Common Sense”, Thomas Paine said “Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness” to show the difference between society and government. There are two reasons why society needs government. The first reason is that some members of society behave in a way that s not acceptable for the rest of the society (criminals). The other reason is society becomes so large that it is impossible for everyone to participate in the legislative process. As a result, the society will pick some subset of their members to devote themselves to governing the society. Paine points out that government is inherently evil, because the people…

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