Rights of Man

Rights of Man Rights of Man presents an impassioned defense of the Enlightenment principles of freedom and equality that Thomas Paine believed would soon sweep the world He boldly claimed From a small spark kindl

  • Title: Rights of Man
  • Author: Thomas Paine Arthur Morey
  • ISBN: 9781452650760
  • Page: 231
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  • Rights of Man presents an impassioned defense of the Enlightenment principles of freedom and equality that Thomas Paine believed would soon sweep the world He boldly claimed, From a small spark, kindled in America, a flame has arisen, not to be extinguished Without consuming winds its progress from nation to nation Though many sophisticated thinkers argued fRights of Man presents an impassioned defense of the Enlightenment principles of freedom and equality that Thomas Paine believed would soon sweep the world He boldly claimed, From a small spark, kindled in America, a flame has arisen, not to be extinguished Without consuming winds its progress from nation to nation Though many sophisticated thinkers argued for the same principles and many people died in the attempt to realize them, no one was better able than Paine to articulate them in a way that fired the hopes and dreams of the common man and actually stirred him to revolutionary political action.

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    Thomas Paine was an English American political activist, author, political theorist and revolutionary As the author of two highly influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution, he inspired the Patriots in 1776 to declare independence from Britain His ideas reflected Enlightenment era rhetoric of transnational human rights He has been called a corset maker by trade, a journalist by profession, and a propagandist by inclination.Born in Thetford, England, in the county of Norfolk, Paine emigrated to the British American colonies in 1774 with the help of Benjamin Franklin, arriving just in time to participate in the American Revolution His principal contributions were the powerful, widely read pamphlet Common Sense 1776 , the all time best selling American book that advocated colonial America s independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain, and The American Crisis 1776 83 , a pro revolutionary pamphlet series Common Sense was so influential that John Adams said, Without the pen of the author of Common Sense, the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain Paine lived in France for most of the 1790s, becoming deeply involved in the French Revolution He wrote the Rights of Man 1791 , in part a defence of the French Revolution against its critics His attacks on British writer Edmund Burke led to a trial and conviction in absentia in 1792 for the crime of seditious libel In 1792, despite not being able to speak French, he was elected to the French National Convention The Girondists regarded him as an ally Consequently, the Montagnards, especially Robespierre, regarded him as an enemy.In December 1793, he was arrested and imprisoned in Paris, then released in 1794 He became notorious because of his pamphlet The Age of Reason 1793 94 , in which he advocated deism, promoted reason and freethinking, and argued against institutionalized religion in general and Christian doctrine in particular He also wrote the pamphlet Agrarian Justice 1795 , discussing the origins of property, and introduced the concept of a guaranteed minimum income In 1802, he returned to America where he died on June 8, 1809 Only six people attended his funeral as he had been ostracized for his ridicule of Christianity.


  • Under what circumstances is political revolution permissible? What should the people do when a government no longer safeguards the rights of all classes? I look at the turmoil that is going on in America right now and wish that our elected officials would read this book; perhaps this old ideological 'midwife' could help our country now - as it labors to give birth to our future.

  • “The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.” The ruling governments have no special rights; they have no privileges and they have no entitlements. At least, they ought not to have according to Paine. For him the government exists to serve; it has a duty to its nation the same way a solider or a peacekeeper may have. And if they break that duty, if they become corrupt, then it is our moral right to call for revolution.“Whatever is my right as a man [...]

  • In an age of brilliant political writers, Paine, a naturalized American citizen and inspired propagandist for the American Revolutionary cause, represents perhaps the era’s most radical and unfiltered ideological voice. Written in the immediate aftermath of the French Revolution and the somewhat removed aftermath of the American, “The Rights of Man”, published in two parts (1791 and 1792) is one of Thomas Paine’s most influential treatises on the nature and form of just government. In it [...]

  • Paine’s political manifesto details how governments and hierarchies are, in his opinion, corrupt, as they rely on the power of a few rather than of everyone equally. He devises a plan where the elite few, who often gain power through birth rights, to have their control abolished and a democratic, representative and equal community created in its place, where every person has an equal say and an equal part in the running of the community. Power to all or power to none!The latter part of this re [...]

  • Thomas Paine is one of those writers who seemed to have been dropped by a deist God 200 years before the world was really ready for him. His energy, honesty and political bravery was intense. By his voice alone he helped to transform the West. Common Sense, the Rights of Man, and finally the Age of Reason have all thrown the political and social gauntlet down and caused people to either cheer him (Common Sense) or hiss his name (Age of Reason). The Rights of Man was visionary in its call for int [...]

  • Flawed but vastly superior to Burke. Paine relies more upon the argument that man has rights, than any form of historical tradition. Paine was right in that there is no “political Adam” from which all laws derive. People have a right to revolution, because government is a construct of man, not an organic system ordained by god and the dead hand of tradition. Also, the unity of man is an absolute and based upon natural rights, while nobles hold their position through coercion and war. He corr [...]

  • This books has patches of brilliance buried in amongst many pages of Paine picking a fight with Edmund Burke. This is somewhat typical of "classics" of political theory like this - they were designed only as pamphlets to deal with the issues of the day, and were not meant to be timeless.While there is indeed timeless wisdom in here, a modern reader must sift through a lot of dirt to get to it - hence the two-star rating

  • هذا الكتاب هو عبارة عن رد توماس بين على كتاب إدمند بورك الذي انتقد فيه الثورة الفرنسية. من خلال كتاب هتشنز حول توماس بين فقد فهمت السياق الذي صدر فيه هذا الكتابنشر هذا الكتاب في دفعتين في العام ١٧٩١ و١٧٩٢ وقد تم عرض كاتبه للمحاكمة في بريطانيا حيث وجهت له تهمة التحريض على العصي [...]

  • A pleasure to read beginning to end, Rights of Man by Thomas Paine is the third book in a discussion series in which I am currently participating, and for the life of me I can't figure out why this masterpiece of history, philosophy, politics and statecraft was not the lead-off book in the series. Not only does the clear-thinking Paine lay out with understatement and restraint winning arguments against the ridiculous Edmund Burke and his Reflections on the Revolution in France, but in the first [...]

  • The Rights of Man is a political masterwork that lays bare the bankruptcy of governments and political systems that derive their authority from any other source than the People. In his time, Paine was specifically eviscerating monarchies (i.e. 18th century Britain) that established themselves through military conquest and then claimed legitimacy over generations based on biology. By contrast, the revolutions in America and France had established the primacy of the nation (i.e. the People) to def [...]

  • “Rights of Man by Thomas Paine” is an excellent piece of work where Paine focuses on the flaws and ascendancies of one type of government over the other. In the first part, Paine discusses about the various rights of man where he says that men are all of one degree and consequently all men are born equal with equal natural right and every child born into the world must be considered as deriving its existence from god.After that Paine put forwards his inputs by condemning Mr Burke with whose [...]

  • I'm re-reading this book in light of the current administration. I'm confident that Pres. Bush played "hookie" the week his college class read & discussed this book.everyone interested in politics & mankind should give this a go!

  • Written in response to Edmund Burke's "Reflections on the French Revolution," Paine obliterates the ideology of monarchical government. I probably should have read Burke's piece first to get a better understanding of Paine's counter-arguments, but this still provides a solid philosophical analysis of the role of government and the origin of sovereignty. He even goes to the length that countries start wars to increase their coffers from taxes, an interesting position I had not considered before. [...]

  • A great polemic on the inherent rights of human beings, and the difference between a nation and government. Besides being a very enlightening little book that clearly explains much of the philosophical basis of the United States, Paine's witty attacks on Edmund Burke's defense of British and French aristocracy make it an entertaining read as well. It is, of course, slightly chilling in retrospect to read Paine's endless praises of the French Revolution, knowing now that in just a few years it wo [...]

  • 3.5 starsWhen I did a political compass test once, they showed my results in contrast to a bunch of famous people and political thinkers. And my results came up very close to Thomas Paine. Not having read him before, I was curious and decided to find out whether this close overlap was really as close as the compass results made them. The answer to that question, as I discovered here, is: sort of. Paine´s views on religion aren´t so different to mine (not discussed in this book though) but whil [...]

  • This work, broken into two parts, contains Thomas Paine's defense of the French Revolution against Edmund Burke's criticism of it in "Reflections on the Revolution in France." The first part is as fierce as Paine's polemic against General Howe in "The American Crisis." Paine's logic and reasoning are well-structured and supported even if his critique is perhaps incendiary in nature. The first part, addressed to President Washington, is much more enjoyable a read than the second half, which is ad [...]

  • Definitely not my favorite of Thomas Paine's works. Second half is better than the first, so stick with it."But with respect to religion itself, without regard to names, and as directing itself from the universal family of mankind to the divine object of adoration, it is man bringing to his maker the fruits of his heart; and though these fruits may differ from each other like the fruits of the earth, the grateful tribute of everyone is accepted.""It is the faculty of the human mind to become wha [...]

  • Written as a response to Burke's hate spewing work "reflections on the revolution in France" this remains the go-to piece on how to set up governments and what they should seek to accomplish. Arguing beyond doubt the immediate necessity of the establishment of the republic in France it seeks to firmly establish once and for all that a republic is the only just form of government and monarchies but a charade where often the king is not qualified to even be a constable (his words). While many argu [...]

  • Thomas Paine was a prodigious and unrepentant nail in the coffin of the age of kings and queens. Considered the 'Father of the American Revolution" with his pro-independence pamphlet Common Sense and later adopting the name of his revolutionary writing as his pen name, in the American Crisis, sums up his key weapon against monarchical despotism and that was his common sense. In 'The Rights of Man' Paine furthers his loathing of any system that oppresses and enslaves the poor with the majority of [...]

  • In the Rights of Man, Thomas Paine offers a rebuke of Edmund Burke’s unflattering analysis of the French Revolution. Mr. Paine revisits the arguments for republicanism and liberty he wielded in the American Revolution to defend the early French Revolution. Few of Mr. Burke's arguments are directly addressed by Mr. Paine, there is a heavy selection bias in this rebuttal. I suggest that you can gain the most from this text by reading Mr. Burke’s work and recognizing the conversational nature o [...]

  • After reading both Common Sense and Rights of Man in the last few months I believe Thomas Paine and I could have been good friends. The logic manifested in Paine's writings along with his well reasoned condemnations of those who use government as a tool to enrich themselves and oppress the masses offer an incredible example of the intellectual foundation that helped form the American system of government. Against this backdrop of wisdom the inane ramblings and emotional tirades that pass for pol [...]

  • If you really want to fully understand the American Revolution and what we were fighting against, I recommend you read this amazing book. Paine analyzes, in full detail, the societies and governments of The United States, Britain, and post-revolutionary France. The monarchy and aristocracy of Britain suffers the most from the pen of Thomas Paine. It truly was an evil empire we were up against. The landed gentry of England was relatively tax free, compared to the tax burden laid on the merchants, [...]

  • This book is foundational to the ideas of Republicanism, particularly as it concerned the formation of the French Republic and the United States of America. It is a "must-read" to understand the origins and early theories of (classical) liberalism/libertarianism, anti-monarchism and other later political movements!

  • A lot of really important and relevant information is in this book. Paine gets a little lost in breaking down numbers of the history of taxation in part 2 but other than that, this is an essential read especially considering our current political climate.

  • While I do not fully agree with Edmund Burke nor do I particularly like ancien regime France, nonetheless, this book largely consisted of 105 pages of ranting. He makes some good points, but I thought his earlier work, Common Sense, was a more cogent, reasonable argument.

  • I probably should have read Burke's "Reflections on the Revolution in France" first because the first half of The Rights of Man is basically one big rebuttal of that piece, but it was still an interesting read.

  • perhaps the most amazing thing about this treastie on freedom is that it's dedicated to my favorite slave-owner, George Washington!

  • How does one "review" a book as important and influential as Thomas Paine's Rights of Man? Does one critique the language used and the arguments made within a present-day context, or, alternatively, does one discuss the undeniable impact that it has had on the makeup of the world as we know it? Whichever way one looks at it, Rights of Man is a piece of work within which can be found the seeds of social justice, radical liberalism and the modern welfare state.Paine argues - with much elegance and [...]

  • Most high schools know (or ought to know) that Thomas Paine's claim to fame was that he was the author of the highly influential pamphlet "Common Sense", published during the American Revolution and arguing for independence from Britain.What far fewer know is the writing that Paine did a number of years later in support of the French Revolution. The first half of "Rights of Man" is Paine's written response to Englishman Edmund Burke's criticisms of the French Revolution. Paine quite effectively [...]

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