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Sentido común

por Thomas Paine

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This pamphlet, which Paine published in 1776, put into print the word every man was thinking but no man dared say: Independence!
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    Autobiografía de Benjamín Franklin por Benjamin Franklin (Teresa_Pelka)
    Teresa_Pelka: Paths by Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Paine parted, in their living experience. The names continue together in history, for the role both men had in American independence.

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I feel a bit ashamed that this is the first time that I have read Common Sense in its entirety. It is a piece of American history that deserves our attention and respect. It is easy to see why it affected people of its time in the way that it did, as it is clearly and simply written and sets forth in undeniable logic the issues in question at the time.

Masterfully titled, Paine’s points do indeed seem to be common sense. I was particularly struck by his deft destruction of the divine right of kings and the portion of the pamphlet that dealt with the construction of a navy. I cannot believe that, had I been a citizen of this time, I would have hesitated to grasp his logic and embrace the ideas he put forth.

He is often credited with having a huge influence on the decision that was taken by many to risk everything in order to sever ties with George III and win independence from English rule. While his writing was passionate, his thoughts were solid and did not smack of any unbridled dislike of the English as much as a thoughtful study of the problem and an almost unavoidable conclusion.

One fact that I was surprised by, and did not remember ever having come across in any history class, was that he had only been in America for two years prior to writing this treatise extolling separation. I wonder what the more established “founding fathers” thought of that, since many had already been here for generations.

I think you have to give this 5✯'s for its historical value, its impact, and its writing style. ( )
  mattorsara | Aug 11, 2022 |
  hpryor | Aug 8, 2021 |
Thomas Paine references history and the Bible. He assumes his readers are well education in both history and the Bible. He also brings in humor to his writing. ( )
  nx74defiant | Mar 1, 2021 |
The best thing about this prophetic pamphlet is that one can find the seeds of American exceptionalism in its pages. Grand ideas about freedom, religious tolerance, government of the people, and, above everything else, breaking with the old European monarchies. The making of “the first new nation”.

Paine writes at a time when “the Continent” is hesitating between “reconciliation” with Britain and “independance” [sic] from her, and he cannot be more emphatic about his support for the latter.

In any case, Paine doesn't delve into the details of political philosophy, ethics, or legal considerations about independence. It's not an academic paper. He speaks more like a politician, or at most an intellectual addressing the masses. He appeals to laymen, and tries to convince them with simple arguments — even populist ones, at times.

One aspect of Common Sense that causes frustration is the lack of — let's say — “scientific rigour”. This is something I've noticed in all essays I've read that were written before the modern era of strict adherence to the scientific method and to peer review in the Academy (eg On Liberty, Il Principe, The Communist Manifesto, On the Origin of Species). Every other page, you find yourself replying to the author in your head: “citation needed!”; or lamenting the absence of numerical support for his thesis, in the form of statistics, studies, polls, etc. Or very sceptical about the liberal use of quotations from scripture. There are no references. And there isn't much structure. All these things feel strange for anyone today who has had at least minimal exposure to scientific papers, or even to non-fiction books written in the last few decades: we now understand that to describe natural phenomena, to annotate past events, to defend a course of action for society… it is essential to write in an unambiguous and concise way; to produce evidence that supports every single claim we make; to lay out the main thesis, state of the art, arguments and counter-arguments comprehensively; and to measure them as objectively as possible. The huge differences between the styles of those old essays and the strict format of scientific papers and press articles today (even less formal ones, not reviewed by peers) are very interesting to watch. One wishes sometimes that the old authors were alive today, to rewrite their important books in a manner that would better support their ideas…

I'm giving the book 🌟🌟 only because, while it is historically very relevant, it doesn't make for a particularly enlightening or entertaining read. ( )
  tripu.info | Jan 5, 2021 |
Convinced the Americans to go for independence from England, but was a bit too unorganized... Like someone's ramblings... made some good points, again, and again. ( )
  rendier | Dec 20, 2020 |
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Man knows no Mafbr fave creating HEAVEN,
Or thofe whom choice and common good ordain.

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Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages are not sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favor; 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 defense of custom.
Some writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins.
Información del conocimiento común inglés. Edita para encontrar en tu idioma.
Immediate necessity makes many things convenient, which if continued would grow into oppressions. Expedience and right are different things.
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