Throughout his life Thomas Paine supported many of the ideas that formed America and changed the world. His papers and pamphlets served to inform and convince both citizens and leaders of his ideas. He was a revolutionary that supported the rhetoric for the American Revolution in Common Sense. He had inspired American soldiers with The American Crisis. He refuted the idea of the perpetuation of monarchies in the Rights of Man, and eventually meets his careers end with The Age of Reason. Thomas Pain sent letters to Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and many others trying to persuade the nation’s leaders to follow his ideas. Thomas Pain spent his life writing about politics, and political theory and had a massive impact on what will become American culture and way of life, because everything he wrote was to promote the ideas of freedom, equality, and individualism.
Thomas Paine believed certain freedoms were innate and others were earned. He believed in the freedoms of the individual but not the freedoms of one man to control another. He had a certain sense of fair play, that people should be it certain positions in society based on their accomplishments, and no man was in a position to rule without consent, restriction, or the ability to be removed from office.
“enthrone Equality; form a good Constitution; divide well its powers; let there be no privileges, no distinctions of birth, no monopolies; make safe the liberty of industry and of trade, the equal distribution of [family] inheritances, publicity of administration, freedom of the press: these things all established, you will be assured of good laws, and need not fear the powerful men. Willingly or unwillingly, all citizens will be under the Law.” 1
Thomas Paine made an outline for the bare minimum that should be included in the social contract for a successful civilization. He believed that all men should be equal and that the government can best protect the rights of each individual citizen by preventing any one, or small group, or people from holding excessive power. If a government is functioning correctly than people should have no reason to fear it. All citizens are equal in the eyes of the law, no one is above it.
Thomas Pain considered certain inalienable rights such as freedom of though and freedom of religion as the base for a civilization that values equality. To promote the advancement of civilization its citizens must be able to think freely. Everyone has the right to their opinion. Different ideas must be held against reason and taken seriously, but by censoring or simply ignoring ideas that conflict with existing ideas than you are valuing existing ideology over a possible greater truth, and may be slowing the progression of the collective intelligence of the human race.
Thomas Paine believed that many demographics of people should be represented in the making of laws and the governing process. The only way a government can function completely and fairly is by having the...