A dedicated cult following is still actively engaged with the legacy of the amazing pro-democracy revolutionary Thomas Paine
Thomas Paine articles on Democracy Chronicles
Born in 1737 England, Thomas Paine was perhaps the most important advocate for democracy in history and saw worldwide democracy as his ultimate goal. He fought with George Washington in the American Revolution while advocating for the end of slavery, the empowerment of women and diplomacy with Native American tribes. As the leading voice for democracy in the French Revolution, he stood alone calling for the end of the death penalty before the revolution devolved into the Reign of Terror, only barely escaping execution by guillotine himself. Contemporary poet Joel Barlow said, "Without the pen of Thomas Paine, the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain". Also see our articles on the Founding Fathers.
Although known for other political philosophies, Founding Father Thomas Paine’s monetary policy gets less attention
We are faced with a serious crisis as the rhetoric gets worse and political parties seem irrelevant. You and I need to understand the power that we have—each of us as individuals and as a community.
Paine Day needs to be a national holiday to celebrate the international impact of founding father
How should we teach history in public school when so many different opinions exist, even locally?
Twenty 4th Of July quotes that reflect on meaning of democracy in country celebrating 238 years of independence from the UK
I think this not simply an issue about the barriers on the highway from Montreal to Buffalo. This is about the barriers on the highway from Montreal to Buenas Aires and the highway from London to Beijing or Johannesburg.
Celebrating Thomas Paine’s birthday is important to remember the man who was a central character in the British, American and French democracy movements
Those who restrict, manipulate, or affect free elections are enemies of True American Heroes
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