Common Sense, Rights of Man, and Other Essential Writings - Introduction and Appendix Summary & Analysis

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Introduction and Appendix Summary and Analysis

Common Sense begins with Thomas Paine stating the reasons for anonymity. It is the cause, the author believes, not the man that deserves the attention. While the thoughts contained within may not be popular, Paine believes that in time the views he set forth will be accepted and perhaps favored.

Paine asserts the difference between society and government is positivism versus negativism. Society promotes unity, while government promotes segregation. While society is seen by the author as a blessing, government is undoubtedly a necessary evil.

In an ideal world, all members of a society would gather together to make decisions regarding the regulations that are necessary for living harmoniously. However, as society grows, the need for regulations will also grow. With more decisions to be made and more people involved, it will become impossible for every person to attend every meeting...

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