Payne - Common Sense - Thomas Paine began Common Sense with an introduction stating that although the ideas in his pamphlet might not be widely accepted

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Thomas Paine began Common Sense with an introduction stating that although the ideas in his pamphlet might not be widely accepted at first, the commotion from his “formidable outcry” would settle down as more began to share his viewpoint. He wrote that the people of America were oppressed by England’s abuse of power and had a right to challenge it, and that America’s situation was one that affected all humanity. He began chapter one by stating that people often confuse government with society. He argued that while society unites us and positively promotes happiness, government’s purpose is to restrain, and that it is a “necessary evil” with a fundamental purpose of providing security. If people were perfectly moral, there would be no need for government, but since this is not the case government will inevitably develop. Simple governments are best because they are least likely to become corrupt and most easily fixable. Thus, the problems of English government lay in its complexity. Paine maintained that

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