Society, according to Paine, is everything constructive and good that people join together to accomplish. Paine adds that most recently, instead of watching over the colonies, the British have been attacking them, and are therefore undeserving of American loyalty.
For all of these reasons, Paine says it is imperative and urgent that the colonies declare independence. His argument begins with more general, theoretical reflections about government and religion, then progresses onto the specifics of the colonial situation.
Paine says that the colonies have little to gain from remaining attached to Britain. Commerce can be better conducted with the rest of Europe, but only after America becomes independent. The British system pretends to offer a reasonable system of checks and balances, but in fact, it does not. If time were to elapse, and the population of the colonies to grow, the same feeling of unity would not be present.
Paine says the people will be much happier if they are responsible for the creation of the laws that rule them. Paine says the British system is too complex and rife with contradictions, and that the monarchy is granted far too much power.
From here Paine moves on to discuss, in general, the notions of monarchy and hereditary succession. Paine even proposes the form of government that the independent colonies should adopt. They are seen simply as rebels, and cannot form substantial alliances with other nations.
Government has its origins in the evil of man and is therefore a necessary evil at best.
His recommendation is for a representative democracy that gives roughly equal weight to each of the colonies. Having expressed his disagreement with British reign in America, Paine proceeds to launch a general attack on the British system of government.
Paine also asserts that if the colonies remain attached to Britain, the same problems that have arisen in the past will arise in the future.
Paine is also implicitly arguing that such a system of representation is also better for the American colonists. Paine says that as a colony of Britain, America lacks respectability on the international scene.
Man, Pain argues, was born into a state of equality, and the distinction that has arisen between king and subject is an unnatural one.
In time, these people develop ties with one another, and lawmaking becomes inevitable. Primarily, Paine focuses on the present size of the colonies, and on their current capabilities. This angered God, but he allowed them to have one. Furthermore, hereditary succession has brought with it innumerable evils, such as incompetent kings, corruption, and civil war.
At first, Paine says, the world was without kings, but the ancient Jews decided they wanted a king. Some say that Britain has protected America, and therefore deserves allegiance, but Paine responds that Britain has only watched over America in order to secure its own economic well-being.
The conclusion Paine reaches is that the practice of monarchy originates from sin, and is an institution that the Bible and God condemn. Paine explains why the current time is a good time to break free of Britain.
Paine also argues that America is sufficiently small as to be united now. Paine calls hereditary succession an abominable practice. Paine adds that if the Americans revolt now, they can use the vast expanses of uncharted land to the West in order to pay down some of the debt they will incur.
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In Common Sense, Thomas Paine argues for American independence. His argument begins with more general, theoretical reflections about government and religion, then progresses onto the specifics of the colonial situation. Common Sense is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century.Download