|Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
|Maintaining “the cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind,” Paine passionately argued for independence from Great Britain and the ability of the young country to prosper unfettered by the oppressive and economically draining English.
|Man knows no Master save creating HEAVEN, Or those whom Choice and common Good ordain.—THOMSON.
February 14, 1776
|PHILADELPHIA: W. & T. BRADFORD, 1776
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