I am reading common sense by Paine

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In what ways does Paine present the conflict as not a war over economic policy, but a war of ideas in his pamphlet, common sense?

Sep 23rd, 2015

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Paine, in his pamphlet "Common Sense" presents the conflict as one of ideas based on religious beliefs. He felt that royal succession derived from biblical sin and that a monarch should be elected (if desired) and not inherited. He further argued that the colonies were only under British rule because they (in the past) needed British help but had now out grown them, and were being hindered  through forced allegiance. To Paine, society was about goodness and constructiveness, whereas government was to protect people from themselves. All of his arguments (from being anti-succession, to out growing the British empire, to needing to gain respectability) dealt with ideas and very little to do with economics. With a little effort, one could tie Paine's Common Sense to Maslow's hierarchy of needs and explain how the colonies had moved beyond the lower levels and no longer wanted the security of money but were actually seeking self actualization.

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