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First Principles: When Planning For Posterity, Remember That Virtue Is Not Hereditary

“When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.” – Thomas Paine (1776)      

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First Principles: The True and Only Basis of Representative Government Is Equality of Rights

“The true and only basis of representative government is equality of rights. Every man has a right to one vote, and no more in the choice of representatives.” – Thomas Paine, in Dissertation on First Principles of Government (1795)   … Continue reading

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A New Nation Born Pt I

In a continuing cycle on America, we look at the Revolutionary War through England’s defeat at Yorktown: A New Nation Born Pt I by Michael Doyle Let’s have no sense of delusion The united states were but illusion Or, perhaps … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Real Man Smiles In Trouble, Smiles In Trouble, Gathers Strength From Distress and Grows Brave By Reflection

“The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.” – Thomas Paine Allowing of the context of the mores of the time and circumstances, please extrapolate this to his real meaning, ‘real people with true … Continue reading

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First Principles: Arguing With Persons Lacking Reason Is Like Giving Medicine To the Dead

“To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.” – Thomas Paine      

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First Principles: It Is Error Only, and Not Truth, That Shrinks From Inquiry

“It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.”  – Thomas Paine, philosopher and writer (9 Feb 1737-1809)    

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First Principles: A Little Matter Will Move A Party, But, It Must Be Something Great That Moves A Nation

“A little matter will move a party, but it must be something great that moves a nation.” – Thomas Paine (1792)    

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First Principle: At Its Best, Government Is A Necessary Evil; At Its Worse, An Intolerable One

“Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.” – Thomas Paine    

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First Principles: We Must Keep United To Attain Our Objectives Or Become An Easy Conquest

“If we move in mass, be it ever so circuitously, we shall attain our object; but if we break into squads, everyone pursuing the path he thinks most direct, we become an easy conquest to those who can now barely … Continue reading

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First Principles: When Planning For Posterity, Remember That Virtue Is Not Hereditary

“When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.” – Thomas Paine (1776)    

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