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Thomas Paine

Fecha de nacimiento: 29. Enero 1737
Fecha de muerte: 8. Junio 1809
Otros nombres:Пейн Томас

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Thomas Paine fue un político, escritor, filósofo, intelectual radical y revolucionario estadounidense de origen inglés. Promotor del liberalismo y de la democracia. Es considerado uno de los Padres fundadores de los Estados Unidos.

Nacido en Thetford, en el condado inglés de Norfolk, Paine emigró a las colonias británicas en América en 1774 para participar en la revolución americana. Sus contribuciones principales fueron el tan leído ensayo Common Sense , donde abogaba por la independencia de las colonias y The American crisis una serie de escritos a favor de la revolución.

En 1789 visitó Francia y allí vivió durante casi toda la década siguiente. Se vio envuelto profundamente en los primeros años de la Revolución francesa. Escribió Rights of Man , en parte una defensa de la Revolución francesa contra sus críticos, en particular el hombre de estado británico Edmund Burke. En Gran Bretaña, fue juzgado y declarado culpable en ausencia por el crimen de libelo sedicioso. A pesar de no hablar francés, fue elegido para la Convención Nacional en 1792. Los girondinos le vieron como un aliado por lo que los montañeses, en especial Robespierre, lo consideraron su enemigo. En diciembre de 1793, fue arrestado y encarcelado en París y liberado en 1794. Se hizo notorio por La edad de la razón , libro que aboga por el deísmo, promueve la razón y el librepensamiento, argumenta en contra de la religión institucionalizada y las doctrinas cristianas. También escribió Justicia Agraria , discutiendo los orígenes de la propiedad e introduciendo el concepto de renta mínima garantizada.

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„The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.“

— Thomas Paine, A Letter Addressed to the Abbe Raynal on the Affairs of North America

„Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good.“

— Thomas Paine, Rights of Man
Context: I speak an open and disinterested language, dictated by no passion but that of humanity. To me, who have not only refused offers, because I thought them improper, but have declined rewards I might with reputation have accepted, it is no wonder that meanness and imposition appear disgustful. Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good. Part 2.7 Chapter V. Ways and means of improving the condition of Europe, interspersed with miscellaneous observations

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„The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher. Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil.“

— Thomas Paine
Context: Society is produced by our wants, and government by wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher. Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil.

„He investigates nothing to its source, and therefore he confounds everything“

— Thomas Paine
Context: To possess ourselves of a clear idea of what government is, or ought to be, we must trace it to its origin. In doing this we shall easily discover that governments must have arisen either out of the people or over the people. Mr. Burke has made no distinction. He investigates nothing to its source, and therefore he confounds everything; but he has signified his intention of undertaking, at some future opportunity, a comparison between the constitution of England and France. As he thus renders it a subject of controversy by throwing the gauntlet, I take him upon his own ground. It is in high challenges that high truths have the right of appearing; and I accept it with the more readiness because it affords me, at the same time, an opportunity of pursuing the subject with respect to governments arising out of society. Part 1.3 Rights of Man

„There never did, there never will, and there never can, exist a Parliament, or any description of men, or any generation of men, in any country, possessed of the right or the power of binding and controlling posterity to the "end of time," or of commanding for ever how the world shall be governed“

— Thomas Paine
Context: There never did, there never will, and there never can, exist a Parliament, or any description of men, or any generation of men, in any country, possessed of the right or the power of binding and controlling posterity to the "end of time," or of commanding for ever how the world shall be governed, or who shall govern it; and therefore all such clauses, acts or declarations by which the makers of them attempt to do what they have neither the right nor the power to do, nor the power to execute, are in themselves null and void. Every age and generation must be as free to act for itself in all cases as the age and generations which preceded it. The vanity and presumption of governing beyond the grave is the most ridiculous and insolent of all tyrannies. Man has no property in man; neither has any generation a property in the generations which are to follow. Part 1.3 Rights of Man

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