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Unformatted text preview: Role of People in American Political Society Tom Paine, “Common Sense” pg 131-151 a. Radical egalitarianism b. Against monarchy c. Lampoon’s idea of hereditary principle d. Nobility – no ability e. Anti status, anti government f. State, government serves interests of useless aristocrats, nobility who oppress common people, the weak “society produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness” “society is in every state a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil” People are not naturally moral, we have moral defects. Thus government is a security because it regulates these defects, but it is still evil. Elections necessary to have representative group reflecting and addressing concerns of public. Inability of moral virtue to govern world. Tyrannees of monarchy and aristocracy. “Mankind being originally equals in 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. recourse to the harsh ill-sounding names of oppression and avarice....
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