I commend Bob Dylan for grasping Thomas Paine’s essence, and for putting it to use. He did a much better job than most historians in that time.
Thomas Paine defines government as separate from society, and indeed if society functioned perfectly there would be no need for government.
Libertarianism is the feeble step-child of anarchism: espousing that the individual is everything, the collective is always oppressive.
Central to Paine’s political theories are his ideology of first principles. The foundation of these principles is equality, and as a direct result, justice.
Thomas Paine is the founder of modern democracy. He crafted the democratic movement in three countries, and it spread on its own around the world.