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The Rights of Man. Thomas Paine. This web edition published by [email protected] Adelaide. Last updated Wednesday, December 17, at To the best of our. Biographical note. Political and anti-Christian writer, son of a stay-maker and small farmer of Quaker principles at Thetford, became with large classes perhaps . Free PDF, epub, Kindle ebook. Thomas Paines cry to the American people to get rid of the pesky British Rulers. Even though he was a Deist, he cleverly used.
Any private person or group may contribute to any campaign — citizens, businesses, trade unions, civic clubs, religious groups, even charities — but taxes may not fund anything beyond election administration and vote counting. Foes of the measure finally win one concession: Donation records become public documents.
The provision is meaningless, however, because campaigns already routinely keep two sets of books. A campaign of united citizens buys time on the newfangled broadcast radio and television networks. Competition for campaign donations soon spawns rival political parties. Each party adopts a platform of proposed laws, which the party machine sells to voters like a bill of goods.
Scoundrels readily sway voters with patriotic appeals, saying the other party is an evil threat to the nation and must be feared. Bigots use racial slurs to divide and conquer the opposition.
Passions get aroused and manipulated in this game of graft. Meanwhile, each party ensures all candidates running for office, whether for the congress or the presidency, first prove their loyalty to the gentry. Elections convince the common people that their democracy is real, but the campaigns are a pretense, held for sport, actually. The ruling class still rules, men still rule, no matter who wins any election. The elites are more powerful than ever.
Wealthy donors assume they own the politicians they help to elect. Politicians spend more time raising funds than passing laws. They never see their trap. Most folks tell me it takes about a half hour to read. I believe you will feel the time is worthwhile.
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Share this:. The laying a Country desolate with Fire and Sword, declaring War against the natural rights of all Mankind, and extirpating the Defenders thereof from the Face of the Earth, is the Concern of every Man to whom Nature hath given the Power of feeling; of which Class, regardless of Party Censure, is the AUTHOR… Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil… MANKIND being originally equals in the order of creation, the equality could only be destroyed by some subsequent circumstance: the distinctions of rich and poor may in a great measure be accounted for, and that without having recourse to the harsh ill-sounding names of oppression and avarice.
Male and female are the distinctions of nature, good and bad the distinctions of Heaven; but how a race of men came into the world so exalted above the rest, and distinguished like some new species, is worth inquiring into, and whether they are the means of happiness or of misery to mankind. In the early ages of the world, according to the scripture chronology there were no kings; the consequence of which was, there were no wars; it is the pride of kings which throws mankind into confusion.
Holland, without a king hath enjoyed more peace for this last century than any of the monarchical governments in Europe. Antiquity favors the same remark; for the quiet and rural lives of the first Patriarchs have a snappy something in them, which vanishes when we come to the history of Jewish royalty.
Government by kings was first introduced into the world by the Heathens, from whom the children of Israel copied the custom.
It was the most prosperous invention the Devil ever set on foot for the promotion of idolatry. The Heathens paid divine honors to their deceased kings, and the Christian World hath improved on the plan by doing the same to their living ones.
How impious is the title of sacred Majesty applied to a worm, who in the midst of his splendor is crumbling into dust!..
To the evil of monarchy we have added that of hereditary succession; and as the first is a degradation and lessening of ourselves, so the second, claimed as a matter of right, is an insult and imposition on posterity. O ye that love mankind!
Ye that dare oppose, not only the tyranny, but the tyrant, stand forth! Every spot of the old world is overrun with oppression.