For example, a pamphleteer, Thomas Paine
deployed his commonsense in writings that promoted American independence.
The topics include Protagoras' cooperative know-how, democracy without elections: popular rule according to Alfarabi, consent and popular sovereignty in medieval political thought: Marsilius of Padua's Defensor pacis, Thomas Paine
and democratic contempt, morals and enlightenment: Bolivar's virtuous democracy in the Angustura Address, democracy in the revolutionary thought of Rosa Luxemburg, an alternative democracy: dissent in Gandhi's great trial of 1922, and a new reading on authority and guardianship (wilayah): Ayatollah Muhammad Mahdi Shamsuddin.
's radical pamphlet The Rights of Man and the book that ignited the modern environmental movement, Rachel Carson's Silent Spring.
Radical political writer and pamphleteer William Cobbett turned bodysnatcher to dig up Common Sense author Thomas Paine
from his humble final resting place in America in 1819 with the intention of reburying it in a lavish tomb in England.
This is an important collection of essays on Thomas Paine
. Many of them consider Paine's relationship to Thomas Jefferson, and the two remain inseparable in this collection because, as Edward G.
, an Englishman who wrote the best-selling essay Common Sense in 1776, made a mockery of the House of Lords even then, so why oh why has nothing been done about this undemocratic institution before now?
The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine
, and the Birth of Right and Left
Edmund Burke and Thomas Paine
were late-eighteenth-century political thinkers and prolific writers who disagreed fundamentally, both in private and in public, about the relationship between the individual and the state.
MELVYN BRAGG'S RADICAL LIVES BBC2 9.15pm The floppy-haired presenter explains how Thomas Paine
's political essays in the 18th century have shaped attitudes to democracy right up to the present day.
Published anonymously in January 1776, Thomas Paine
's "Common Sense'' achieved the greatest circulation in proportion to population of any book in our history.