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Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves—and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives—and destroyed them.Published anonymously in 1776, six months before the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Paine’s ComThroughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves—and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives—and destroyed them.Published anonymously in 1776, six months before the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Paine’s Common Sense was a radical and impassioned call for America to free itself from British rule and set up an independent republican government. Savagely attacking hereditary kingship and aristocratic institutions, Paine urged a new beginning for his adopted country in which personal freedom and social equality would be upheld and economic and cultural progress encouraged.  His pamphlet was the first to speak directly to a mass audience—it went through fifty-six editions within a year of publication—and its assertive and often caustic style both embodied the democratic spirit he advocated, and converted thousands of citizens to the cause of American independence....

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Common Sense Reviews

  • Angela Blount
    2019-04-02 15:59

    "Time makes more converts than reason." – Thomas Paine And with that early quote, this reader steadily became enthralled with a founding father. I sincerely wish this novella-sized essay had been required reading while I was still in high school—or at any point in my education, for that matter. (Okay, if I'm being honest, my teenage self wanted history explained something like this...)But seriously... the read I thought was going to be a necessary slog turned out to be not only insightful, but genuinely entertaining. Laden with passionate wisdom, scathing wit, and intellectual wherewithal, it's little wonder this renowned 'pamphlet' became the rallying cry for American independence from Britain. Paine was as bold as he was brilliant. In the context of his time period, it's fascinating to realize he was committing treason by laying out this multi-layered argument calling for revolution. And he did so without apology. (In fact, there were numerous points where one can't help but suppose Paine was offering the British monarchy the literary equivalent of his middle finger.)* “Male and female are distinctions of nature, good and bad the distinctions of heaven; but how a race of men came into the world so exalted above the rest, and distinguished like some new species, is worth enquiring into, and whether they are the means of happiness or misery.”* “Government by kings was first introduced into the world by the Heathens, from whom the children of Israel copied the custom. It was the most prosperous invention of the Devil ever set on foot for the promotion of idolatry. The Heathens paid divine honors to their deceased kings, and the christian world hath improved on the plan by doing the same to their living ones. How impious is the title of sacred majesty applied to a worm, who in the midst of splendor is crumbling to dust!” * “One of the strongest NATURAL proofs of the folly of hereditary right in kings, is, that nature disapproves it, otherwise, she would not so frequently turn it into ridicule by giving mankind an ASS FOR A LION.” (emphasis is mine.)Oooooh, snap!* “Men who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent; selected from the rest of mankind their minds are early poisoned by importance; and the world they act in differs so materially from the world at large, that they have but little opportunity of knowing its true interests, and when they succeed to the government are frequently the most ignorant and unfit of any throughout the dominions.” * “In short, monarchy and succession have laid (not this or that kingdom only) but the world in blood and ashes. Tis a form of government which the word of God bears testimony against, and blood will attend it.”* “Of more worth is one honest man to society and the sight of God, than all the crowned ruffians that ever lived.”This is pretty much what he was getting at, in a nutshell:I was also somewhat surprised to find that a noteworthy chunk of Paine's reasoning came out of a solid contextual grasp of scripture, along with a propensity for calling out those who'd twisted or withheld it for their own purposes.* “As exalting one man so greatly above the rest cannot be justified on the equal rights of nature, so neither can it be defended on the authority of scripture; for the will of the Almighty, as declared by Gideon and the prophet Samuel, expressly disapproves of government by kings.”* “That the Almighty hath here entered his protest against monarchical government is true, or the scripture is false. And a man hath good reason to believe that there is as much king-craft, as priest-craft, in withholding the scripture from the public in Popish countries. For monarchy in every instance is the Popery of government.”---------------Outspoken political revolutionary. Champion of equality. Solicitor of common sense. Thomas Paine is a true national treasure—an intrepid man whose tongue be both silver and, it's possible I've developed a small crush on a guy who died 200 years ago. >.> I only regret that I didn't get to this piece of work sooner. It's put me in a mood to brush up on American History. :)

  • Iris P
    2019-04-01 18:13

    In observance of Independence Day I decided to read something to help me widen my knowledge on the history of the American Revolution.Common Sense is 48 page pamphlet written by Thomas Paine, but published anonymously in January 10, 1776. The document which was published right at the beginning of the American Revolution argues in favor of America's independence from Great Britain.Paine, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, was born in England. He was a political activist, philosopher and revolutionary. Like Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, Paine's ideas were highly influenced by the Enlightenment movement.239 years after it's publication, I found this short document interesting, remarkably accessible and easy to follow. Pamphlets were sort of like the Blogs of the times, it was a medium widely used to spread ideas and causes from the American Revolution to the Women's Suffrage to the Labor Movement.Paine estimated that more than 500,000 copies of "Common Sense" had been sold, but many experts believe that this number is wildly inflated especially considering the total size of the population among the 13 Colonies and that there's not way to know for sure how many copies were distributed.What remains undisputed is the important role this short document had in convincing many colonists that independence from Britain was the best course of action for America. It's considered to this day one of the most influential political documents in American history.It's said that Washington gave copies of "Common Sense" to his soldier during battles in an effort to ignite their passion for their cause.Paine stars his argument with a general reflections about government and religion, he later progresses onto the specifics of the colonial situation.He then moves to discuss the differences between government and society, singing the praises and virtues of society and demonizing government and painting it as a necessary evil.Paine spends some time criticizing Britain's political system and makes not effort to hide his disdain for the King and the monarchical political system.On what he calls the "evils of monarchy and hereditary succession" he says:For all men being originally equals, no one by birth could have a right to set up his own family in perpetual preference to all others for ever, and though himself might deserve some decent degree of honors of his contemporaries, yet his descendants might be far too unworthy to inherit them... Because such an unwise, unjust, unnatural compact might (perhaps) in the next succession put them under the government of a rogue or a fool.Paine then moves to specifically address why the current time is the best to break from Britain. He believes that the colonies have nothing to gain and everything to lose by remaining under the King's rule. He mentions that by obtaining independence America could then move to continue doing business with Britain but also with the rest of Europe.He proposes that the best political system for America would be that of a Representative democracy in which every colony has equal representation.If you are interested in American history and want to learn a little bit about the American political zeitgeist of the times (and I would argue even of the present times), "Common Sense" is a mandatory read.On a completely separate note (but still keeping with the patriotic theme of this review) here's a shout out to the US Women's Soccer team!Go USA!

  • Stephen
    2019-04-15 12:54

    4.5 stars. Scathing, derogatory rhetoric directed at the King of England in particular and the British in general designed to arouse the "passions" of the American colonists to embrace the idea of independence from Britian. From that standpoint, very few books in history have been as successful in achieving its goal. Almost 250 years later, this short book (better described as a long essay), still has the power to move you and make you feel the passion of the writer for his subject matter. A truly American writing and one that everyone shouod read from time to time.

  • Mia (Parentheses Enthusiast)
    2019-04-01 20:08

    NO. NO. NO. NOOOOO. NOPE.DRY. DRIER THAN AN ANCIENT RAISIN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ATACAMA DESERT*. DRY AND BORING AS FUCK.*Driest desert in the world, located in South America just West of the Andes. Average of 0.6 inches (15 mm) rainfall per year. Extremely arid and lifeless. Just like this essay.

  • Mohammad Ali
    2019-03-30 13:06

    به نظرم کتابی است خواندی به دلیل آنکه می توان امتداد تفکر پین در این رساله را در سرمایه داری بعدی آمریکا مشاهده کرد. هرچند خوشبینی های مذهبی و اقتصادی پین - مبنی بر دولت حداقلی و آزادی تجارت و ... - در عین اینکه نشانگر نیات انسان دوستانه ی پین هستند، برای ما امروزیان جای اما و اگرهای بسیار دارندنسخه ی انگلیسی اسکن شده اما متاسفانه ناکامل این کتاب را می توانید از اینجا و نسخه ی تایپ شده ی کاملش را از اینجا بیابیدپین این رساله را در سال های 1775 و 1776 یعنی در بحبحه ی دعواها و مبارزه ها برای استقلال آمریکا نوشته است. او در فصل نخست کتاب به نظام سلطنتی انگلستان و مجلس اعیان می تازد و آن را ساختاری خلاف عقل می شمارد. سپس در فصل دوم در ادامه ی حمله به سلطنت، به عهد عتیق متوسل می شود و نشان می دهد که خداوند درخواست یهودیان برای معین کردی شاهی برایشان از طرف خدا را گناه شمرده است. همچنین در این فصل به موروثی بودن سلطنت حمله می کند و مدام بر این شعار مهم تأکید می کند که فضیلت موروثی نیست. در فصل سوم به وضعیت فعلی آمریکا می پردازد و تصریح می کند که وضعیت فعلی بهترین زمان برای اعلام استقلال است. همچنین او تأکید می کند که استقلال آمریکا نه فقط امری محلی بلکه آغازگر دوران تازه ای در تاریخ بشریت است که از زمان طوفان نوح سابقه نداشته است - دورانی که آزادی مکانی برای تبلور خود می یابد. در فصل چهارم پین اشاراتی متفرقه به توانایی های آمریکا و ضرورت اتکای به خود مطرح می کندضمیمه ی کتاب در چاپ نخست وجود نداشت و بعد از پخش سخنان ناامید کننده ی پادشاه انگلستان در آمریکا - که مخالفان را جمعی شورشی خوانده بود - به نگارش درآمد. او در این ضمیمه بر حقانیت دوباره ی حرف های خود تأکید می کند و بر اینکه نباید زمان مناسب را از دست داد، اصرار می ورزد. پین خود در خانواده ای از نحله ی کویکر زاده شده بود - فرقه ای که به نبرد و خونریزی باور نداشت و در قبال سیاست مثل مرجعه در فرهنگ اسلامی بود ( یعنی امور را به خدا می سپرد و بشر را به عدم دخالت فرامی خواند ). در ضمیمه ی دوم کتاب که نامه به کویکرها است او به این کناه گیری می تازد و این باور را که رفت و آمد شاهان به خواست خدا است، پس می زنددو افزوده ی ایزاک کرامینگ در معرفی احوال پین و شرایط آن دوران هم خواندنی استبرای من بیش از همه آن بخش تفسیر عهد عتیق جالب و نو بوددر مورد ترجمه باید هم به وجود سستی هایی در آن اذعان کرد و هم به وجود مزیت هایی. سستی های ترجمه هرچند بارز نیستند اما گاه به گاه رخ می نمایانند - یک مثال خاصش این است که مترجم ساختارهای شرطی پیچیده تر را درست تشخیص نداده است - مثلا وقتی "هد" اول یا وسط جمله آمده و جمله ی فرضی و غیرواقعی را به عنوان شرط مطرح می کند ( طبیعتا وفتی شرط درست فهمیده نشده جواب شرط ها به جای آنکه مشروط ترجمه شوند اخباری ترجمه شده اند ). اما از طرف دیگر زبان ترجمه به نظرم جالب است. عموما حس من آن است که با متنی فارسی روبرویم و نه متنی ترجمه شده. استفاده از اصطلاحات فارسی و عبارات بومی برای معادل های انگلیسی چیزی بود که من در متن ترجمه می پسندیدم

  • Daniel
    2019-04-09 16:46

    Something everyone should read, study and learn to understand. This pamphlet made a new world. We need such men to stand and inspire us to do the same once again.

  • Yara (The Narratologist)
    2019-03-31 13:50

    I’ve been reading “Common Sense” by Thomas Paine So men say that I’m intense or I’m insane You want a revolution? I want a revelation! So listen to my declaration: “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal,” And when I meet Thomas Jefferson Imma compel him to include women in the sequel! Work!Yes, I did pick up this pamphlet because I am obsessed with the musical Hamilton (what can I say, I can relate to men thinking that you're intense and/or insane), and I am so glad that I did. Common Sense is a remarkable read that holds up incredibly well, and worth reading for anyone interested in history or political philosophy. Who’d have thought that an eighteenth-century political essay would make me laugh out loud multiple times?Read More

  • David
    2019-04-12 15:12

    Like most Americans, I've read the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence, but maybe not all of it recently, and not much of the actual writings of the founding fathers. So this Audible daily deal seemed like a good thing to add to my commute.Thomas Paine's famous polemic is a quick and easy listen, because that's how he intended it to be - indeed, it was read throughout the colonies, in inns and taverns and meeting houses, to a population that was well-educated for the time but still not that literate by modern standards. It was a bestselling pamphlet, and it's credited with getting the majority of the American colonists "off the fence" on the subject of separating from Britain. Until Paine's pamphlet, most Americans were ambivalent about declaring independence, and even those with grievances against Britain thought that reconciliation was better than separation.Paine's argument is basically a long sermon against monarchy and absolute rule, and a recounting of all the grievances the American colonists had against England, and why it was ridiculous for a continent to continue to be governed by an island, and how Americans would benefit by making their own way in the world.It is very much a sermon, and reading some historical background on Common Sense makes it more understandable. Paine deliberately used the language and cadence of a sermon, complete with ample Biblical references, making the (somewhat dubious, in my opinion) argument that the Bible itself does not endorse monarchies. (Paine claims that even King David was only honored as a man, and not a king, but I think he's being a bit selective in his choice of Bible verses there.)It's important to understand that at the time, educated men writing treatises like this usually used formal rhetorical style, with lots of Latin and Greek phrases, so they'd sound smart and go right over the heads of commoners. Paine deliberately aimed at the common man (and as his language makes clear, he was only talking to men here), wanting his arguments to be accessible to everyone, not just the elites who stood to benefit most from revolution. At the time, this was truly revolutionary and inflammatory, and even some of the founding fathers didn't approve. Yet Common Sense is credited with swaying public opinion in favor of declaring independence.Paine launches a tirade against Britain and King George, delivering quite a one-sided but effective case for divorce. The pamphlet ends with an epilogue which is a rebuttal to Quaker arguments in favor of peace (i.e., non-revolution), in which Paine basically says, "Stick to your religion and keep your noses out of politics."Having this read to me made it more enjoyable, as I could imagine Thomas Paine delivering his oratory in person, or some rabble rouser reading it aloud in an alehouse in Philadelphia. An appropriate July 4th listen.

  • Saeed
    2019-04-13 13:45

    من عاشق این کتاب‌های مانیفیست مانند هستم که نویسنده با لحنی انقلابی و بنیان گرایی شروع می کند به رجز خوانی و سازش ناپذیری توماس پین مثل کارل مارکس (یا شاید برعکس کارل مارکس مانند توماس پین :د ) رساله ای نوشته است که این بار به جای این که کارگران دنیا را به شورش برانگیزد، مردم آمریکا را به شورش علیه پادشاهی، بریتانیا دعوت می کند، این کتاب هدیه‌ای است برای دوستدارن پادشاهان :))در این کتاب کوچک شما جسارت را مشاهده می کنید، جسارتی که منجر به انقلاب آمریکا و استقلال آن از مستعمرگی بریتانیا شد، توماس پین در زمان خود یک رادیکال بوده است و من واقعاً از نوشته هایی که رنگ و بوی شجاعت می دهند خوشم می آید

  • M.C.
    2019-04-14 19:58

    Known to some as a precursor to the Declaration of Independence, Common Sense by Thomas Paine may actually serve as evidence of the blinding effects of fervent patriotism. Paine masterly grasped the attention of the reader by questioning about the origin of government to stir the desire to question about the evolution of government over time--how government has, over the course of centuries, became what it is. The choice to begin the text with regards to the origin and progress from hence is also effective because it creates a chronological effect. Not to mention, it is wise of Paine to apply to his work the ideas of Enlightenment philosophers such as those of John Locke. However, Common Sense falls short in the discussion of the facts. Paine downplays the negatives of sovereignty, such as the consequences of becoming in debt and the political and economic issues an independent nation faces on a national scale. Such behavior indicates a fanatic obsession with nationalism and the desire to secure it through secession or other radical means. Though it may seem comical for a mere reader to remark upon the grave subjects of politics and the like, I must protest that the hype for revolution and Paine's vision on the readiness of his America is to an extent dangerous and naive.

  • Jonfaith
    2019-03-25 19:09

    One of the strongest natural proofs of the folly of hereditary right in kings, is, that nature disapproves it, otherwise, she would not so frequently turn it into ridicule by giving mankind an ass for a lion.Unfortunate that the knee-jerk Right has appropriated this polished wit. I can't see how is reconciles with the specks of froth about emails and birth certificates. Baggage eschewed, this remains a powerful pamphlet, a catalyst for defiance. Not as convincing as J.S. Mill, but one rife with images and optimism.

  • Michael
    2019-04-16 14:09

    Yes, this is a piece of history and should be read by everyone interested in politics. It asks the question; "should we seek Reconciliation with England or Independence from her." Thomas Paine said it was only common sense to break with the King. It was common sense to establish a representative government and not serve a King. It was common sense to limit the terms politicians can serve, because it is best not to allow a person to get established as a career politician, as he would then serve himself and not the people. It was common sense not to let the nation go into to debt, as it is unfair to create debt succeeding generations would have to pay. It would be common sense if today politicians would be required to know and adhere to these common sense values. It would be common sense if there were another method by which persons can be elected rather than how much money they are capable of raising. It would be common sense if members of congress served longer terms, like Senators, so that the business of campaigning and funding election cycles were further removed from the previous cycle. It would be common sense to allow representatives to cast their votes from home on an official, secure email account, permitting those people to reduce travel expenses. It would be common sense to expect politicians to really represent the people. It would be costly to expect everyone to have the same understanding of the words common sense....Michael

  • Jean Poulos
    2019-04-12 15:10

    I read this essay in school many years ago; I have read several books recently that have referred the Pane’s “Common Sense”. So, I thought I would re-read and refresh my memory about the book.“Common Sense” was published in 1776 and challenged the authority of the British government and monarchy. It was written in plain language for the common person to easily read. It was the first published works to openly ask for independence from Great Britain. Pane says that government’s sole purpose is to protect life, liberty and property and should be judged on the extent it accomplished this goal. Pane states that all men are born equal and tyranny cannot be tolerated.This is a book that everyone should read and then re-read periodically. Edward Miller does a good job narrating the book.

  • Ari Goldfarb
    2019-03-28 13:08

    I guess the Olympics made me feel a little patriotic, so I opened my American Flag bookshelf and pulled this out from its nest between the Federalist Papers and the complete collection of Abraham Lincoln Speeches. For one, my most unpatriotic reason for reading this book: I am behind on my reading goal for the year and this was an incredibly short book. Seriously, it's barely 100 pages and you can still brag to professors about reading it. Anyway, why it's important. Well, it was written during a time that America was unable to have its own identity. Americans were forbidden from trading with enemies to the crown, which limited their trading potential and hindered their growth. At the time, despite occupying little of the continent, their resources were in demand across the entire globe, yet the British subjected them to high taxes and gave them no voice in parliament.Thomas Paine argued that American Independence was just common sense. A country like America needed its independence and needed a representative government (that wasn't an ocean away) to reach its full potential.

  • Marisa
    2019-04-07 18:49

    "instead of gazing at each other with suspicious or doubtful curiousity, let each of us, hold out to his neighbor the hearty hand of friendship, and unite in drawing a line, which, like an act of oblivion shall bury in forgetfulness every former dissention."Had an odd craving for some Thomas Paine and I'm really glad I went with it. Common Sense is at once philosophical, burning with passion, and insanely quotable. Definitely interesting to read in 2017.

  • Patrick Peterson
    2019-04-12 14:07

    14 Feb. 2018I read this in college in the mid-70s - excellent, and also listened to the audio book version a few years ago.Great little statement about why tyranny must be stopped.Lots of fascinating English and Roman history that will probably be new to modern readers, yet is very important for understanding how the United States came to be.

  • Lauren
    2019-03-27 16:52

    Thomas Paine’s book, Common Sense, sparked revolutionary thoughts and supported revolutionary ideas for the colonists in America in the late 1700s. Paine’s idea was to get the masses of people to revolt against British rule and he outlined reasons why this would be the best course to take. Common Sense really helped to promote revolutionary thoughts and was a great influence to many of the colonial people because he wrote it in a language that everyone could understand and relate to. He focused his target audience at the masse of colonials and was just trying to express his point of view on the matter of breaking away from English rule.Government is an inexorable institution that must take place in society for it to sustain itself. “Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness” (Page 5). Although Paine states that, a government is a necessary evil, unavoidable in society that people have to adjust to and deal with. The first thing that a people in a natural state of being search for is society, it’s inevitable. The absolute monarch can become corrupt do to the position he holds in the ability to govern the country or he could be natural corrupt already. It is not right to have a king rule the people when he is so far elevated and removed from that society in which he is trying to govern, the common people that the decisions effect should be able to have the saying the government and the laws that need to be passed.One of the main arguments Paine gives to support America’s disentanglement from England is to say that a continent so large should not be ruled by something so small. England should not have the right or the power to rule over America, “Small islands not capable of protecting themselves, are the proper objects for kingdoms to take under their care; but there is something very absurd, in supposing a continent to be perpetually governed by an island” (Page 35). There was also the point stated that England is so far away from the continent of America that it takes a long time for any decisions to ever be made. Also, that England is acting in its own best interests that may not be in favor of the American colonies. The colonial regions are just another source of raw materials for England’s manufacturing companies and more profit that they can make off trading. Basically, they are exploiting colonial goods for their own benefit and gain.Overall, Paine expresses an urgency for the colonial people to remove themselves from the rule of the English government and form a new government to rule themselves instead. His argument in whole is very convincing and he gives a great deal of support for why America and England should separate from each other.

  • Vaishali
    2019-03-21 11:47

    Published Valentine's Day, 1776 ! The one essay in Revolutionary America plumbing subjects as vast as Jewish history, moral laziness, and naval ship data. Theorizes that monarchies were born when ancient man wooed the group bully with gifts. Lucid, sarcastic... and a national treasure.Phenomenal quotes:---------------“Time makes more converts than reason.” “Were the impulses of conscience clear, uniform, and irresistibly obeyed, man would need no other law-giver.”“Nothing but heaven is impregnable to vice.”“The more simple anything is, the less liable it is to be disordered, and the easier repaired when disordered; and with this maxim in view, I offer a few remarks on the so much boasted constitution of England.”“Oppression is often the consequence, but seldom or never the means of riches.”“How a race of men came into the world so exalted above the rest, and distinguished like some new species, is worth enquiring into.”“A pretty business indeed for a man to be allowed eight hundred thousand sterling a year for, and worshipped into the bargain!”“America would have flourished … had no European power had any thing to do with her. The commerce by which she hath enriched herself are the necessaries of life, and will always have a market while eating is the custom of Europe.”“It is the interest of all Europe to have America a free port. Her trade will always be a protection, and her barrenness of gold and silver secure her from invaders.”“Hath your house been burnt? Hath you property been destroyed before your face? Are your wife and children destitute of a bed to lie on, or bread to live on? If you have not, then are you not a judge of those who have.”“There is something very absurd in supposing a continent to be perpetually governed by an island.”“A government which cannot preserve the peace is no government at all.”“There are thousands and tens of thousands who would think it glorious to expel from the continent that barbarous and hellish power which hath stirred up the Indians and Negroes to destroy us.”“… The timber of the country is every day diminishing…”“Suspicion is the companion of mean souls, and the bane of all good society.”“Truths discovered by necessity will appear clearer and stronger every day.”“He who takes nature for his guide is not easily beaten out of his argument.”“What we obtain too cheap we esteem too lightly.”“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. It is the business of little minds to shrink.”.

  • Najla Hammad
    2019-04-08 20:06

    توماس باين مفكر إنجليزي ثار على وطنه وفر إلى أمريكا حيث اشترك في الثورة الأمريكية، في هذا الكتاب (المنطق السليم) ينتقد الملكية البريطانية وكيف أن المُلك خطيئة تُعادي صفة سماوية، وأنها اختراع يهودي “لا بل يكون علينا ملك..” استحقوا لعنة بسببها “الرب يتسلط عليكم”. ثم شجّع استقلال أمريكا عن بريطانيا، وكان لكتابه هذه بالغ الأثر مع قيام الثورة الأمريكية في إعلان الإستقلال.العجيب -وهكذا لكل زمان دولة ورجال- أنه كتب “بريطانيا تملك أسطولاً بحرياً ضخماَ.. وأما أمريكا ليس لديها أسطول لكنها تستطيع امتلاك أسطول بنفس الحجم”، ونعلم جيّدا في هذا الزمان أن أمريكا هي أكبر قوة عسكرية، وميزانيتها العسكرية ضخمة جداً.

  • Leahxx
    2019-04-03 14:47

    I'm very sure that I would have liked this a lot more if I had been alive and able to read in 1776 in the heat of a revolution, instead of reading it in 2014 as a summer assignment that I'm required to do for school. I have so much respect for the founding fathers and everyone alive during that time, but that doesn't mean that I enjoy reading about it. I respect what they did and am very grateful, but summer work sucks and I am not extraordinarily interested in politics.

  • Amy
    2019-03-24 13:07

    The historical significance of Common Sense alone argues for a 5 star rating. Highly readable, this book references natural law, legal theory, historical examples, and Old Testament precedent. It makes for an enjoyable read and provides insight into what fired up our Founding Fathers.

  • Sadia Shahid
    2019-03-23 18:54

    DEMOCRACY: THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS In this sensational essay, Thomas Paine elucidates democracy/republic, with its flaws, is exceptionally better than a monarch or any other singular form of authority in power. It was a pamphlet then, now, a book, because of the significant role it played during the American Revolution. The introduction perfectly summed up our society's reaction to everything. "A long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defence of custom." From there on, Paine starts off sensibly with admitting, or rather, reminding people that government itself is but a necessity because the world can't solely rely on common decency. There needs to be a system to keep everybody in check, and to ensure security, which should also be collectively beneficial to the people they represent. Unfortunately, even today that is not the case with most. "Government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries BY A GOVERNMENT, which we might expect in a country WITHOUT GOVERNMENT, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer." Instead of taking apart the constitution of UK shred by shred, like we would expect from a political analyst today, who's bent on his point, Paine simply focuses on why the continent of America needs to be free from a king, who sits far away, and for that he explains that what the world might see as reform is merely an illusion, "The same constitution which gives the commons a power to check the king by withholding the supplies, gives afterwards the king a power to check the commons, by empowering him to reject their other bills; it again supposes that the king is wiser than those whom it has already supposed to be wiser than him. A mere absurdity.", where further simplifying what exactly is a king, "For all men being originally equals, no ONE by BIRTH could have a right to set up his own family in perpetual preference to all others for ever.", and how this stupidity is made hereditary, "To the evil of monarchy we have added that of hereditary succession; and as the first is a degradation and lessening of ourselves, so the second, claimed as a matter of right, is an insult and an imposition on posterity." However, a community might select a leader, based on his abilities, to lead them, but to suggest that his children should have their parent's charge, without being worthy, and have better lives than the children of the rest, is nonsensical, hence giving rise to royalties. "Men who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent; selected from the rest of mankind their minds are early poisoned by importance; and the world they act in differs so materially from the world at large, that they have but little opportunity of knowing its true interests, and when they succeed to the government are frequently the most ignorant and unfit of any throughout the dominions." My favorite line from the book, "One of the strongest NATURAL proofs of the folly of hereditary right in kings, is, that nature disapproves it, otherwise, she would not so frequently turn it into ridicule by giving mankind an ASS FOR A LION." I wanted to read this piece as I have an interest in history, but I always expect something which I can apply to my life from anything I read. So, as a person belonging to a developing country, where politicians put forward their sons even before they retire, and we are constantly debating about different systems of governance to rid us of this succession, this is a must read. Even people of developed countries should have a read, so, one can't even imagine to suggest such a preposterous idea as to have a king. Being done with the history of kings, Paine addresses the then situation of America that whether to leave or be in the rule of England, at the hands of which they had already suffered, for the revolution had already taken a violent turn, for voicing their opinions, and with being at war with France and Spain. These two points were key factors in Paine's argument for independence. His concerns were based on pure and simple logic that with the king already showing he doesn't take kindly to the talk of independence, and has used more than words to express his anger, therefore, even if America does accept the constitution, which it shouldn't on the grounds of being treated unjustly, they will always be mistreated or watched upon, and with the war going on, America will only serve as an endless supply of soldiers, soldiers made out of children of people of the continent, who have no feud with the French and the Spanish as the population of America, at that time, itself was descendants of various European regions and not just British.Thomas Paine not only discussed these issues, but also provided a solution for the problem by explaining to the public how the national constitution can be formed and how each part of the continent can be divided, from which representations can be chosen, with detailed accounts on how every sector of the government will be handled. This pamphlet had the perfect title for it's time as the answer to the question of either reconciliation or independence from England was of common sense that a continent shouldn't be ruled by an island.

  • Suzanne
    2019-03-22 13:50

    In my self-directed study of the "Great Books of the Western World" I somehow managed to go right past this one and read "The Federalist". I considered just skipping "Common Sense" but it is such a slim volume that I couldn't really justify neglecting it. I'm glad I doubled back for it. If only everyone from this era had written as concisely and convincingly as Thomas Paine. I am interested in further reading of his work. Especially those addressing his views on religion and slavery for which it seems he was disparaged and sadly abandoned by the end of his life. The appendix to Common Sense in which he absolutely destroys a couple of Quakers was very promising.

  • Nancy
    2019-03-23 18:11

    Excellent! Review

  • Rawa'a Alsayegh
    2019-03-23 11:48

    Interesting. That's what I have to say.

  • Miles Smith
    2019-04-08 13:04

    So many things to say about Paine. Very few positive.

  • Kirtida Gautam
    2019-03-30 18:48

    "When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember, that virtue is not hereditary. "Common sense is not that common. After 250 years of its first publication Common Sense is still one of the most relevant books to understand nature of oppression and exploitation. It still appeals to the mind of a person/ society/ colony seeking freedom from its oppressor.

  • Corinne
    2019-04-15 13:55

    I'm a little bit of a fan of the musical Hamilton. In one song, the future sister-in-law of Alexander Hamilton sings, "I've been reading Common Sense by Thomas Paine, so men say that I'm intense or I'm insane." That particular line gets stuck in my head a lot and I finally thought - I should read the dang thing myself!!Common Sense is a "pamphlet" that Thomas Paine wrote in an attempt to justify and defend the cause of independence from England. His thoughtful, logical arguments approach the problem from all angles, some I had never even considered. He's not gentle, that Thomas Paine. In his mind, if you don't see the benefits of an immediate severing of ties with England, then you are a idiot.He begins at governments, their purpose and responsibilities. He deconstructs and destroys the entire idea of a king. He is very aware of the amazing chance they had, in that moment, to create a new world. He even says, "We have it in our power to begin the world over again."This book actually fascinated me. It is so well laid out, so logical, it does make so much SENSE. I didn't read a page without highlighting something that really resonated with me as a person privileged with a life a freedom. He'd have convinced me to commit treason, I think. I feel like I have a much better sense now of all that was at stake in the TIMING of the thing. Part of his argument for immediate independence was the fact that their current generation of adults had just FOUGHT in a war, they knew HOW to fight - Paine's argument against those who wanted independence but "not right now" is that if they waited one generation, that institutional military knowledge would be lost. I had never thought of that before. I felt like singing the National Anthem when I was done reading. Or maybe some Hamilton ;)

  • Luis
    2019-04-15 12:06

    Common Sense is a strongly worded call for independence of the American Colonies. Paine demonstrates through logical reasoning and factual evidence that America can and must govern itself. The King of England, he maintains is nothing less than a tyrant interested only in the resources and riches of the land. Paine demands equality but asserts that it can never come from England and, therefore, disassociation and independence are the only alternatives. He criticizes the tradition of the monarchy as a historical anomaly and sees hereditary succession as an excuse for state oppression and inequality. For him, the only alternative to colonial rule is democratic representation for which he proposes a governmental framework. It is evident to me that this pamphlet must have been very influential among those who wanted independence. The prose is incendiary and appealing at the same time. It also gives the reader a good idea of the fervent sentiment for independence that was taking root in America in those days.

  • Walter Cholewczynski
    2019-04-20 13:15

    A fast paced rant against the king. Paine writes like he was speaking in front of as audience of like-minded rebels. He does not have a single focus in his tirade - jumping from one point to another within s paragraph. Though, altogether, he does have a single focus: the American colonies can no longer live under the tyranny of a king far across the ocean. All patriots must read this pamphlet that is barely over fifty pages! A signature piece of American history.