I am not currently up to the task of either summarizing or analyzing “Rights of Man” by Thomas Paine, which I read recently. A few quotes, very few given the number of powerful and entirely relevant passages available in this work, follow.
“It suits his purpose to exhibit the consequences with their causes. It’s one of the arts of the drama, to do so. If the crimes of men were exhibited with their suffering, stage effect would sometimes be lost and the audience would be inclined to approve where it was intended they commiserate.”
“Man did not enter into society to become worse than he was before, or to have fewer rights than he had before, but to have those rights better secured.”
“Man can be kept ignorant, but he cannot be made ignorant.”
“When it is laid down as a maxim that a king can do no wrong it places him in a similar security with that of idiots and persons insane and responsibility is out of the question.”
(Italics on that last quote are mine, I’ll tell you that I added them because it seems as though Thomas Paine was talking specifically about the insane idiot that is currently the president of the United States, just in case that wasn’t clear).