Thursday, January 9, 2014

On This Day in 1776

Thomas Paine publishes — anonymously — the pamphlet “Common Sense,” laying out his arguments for American independence.

On the importance of this document and Thomas Paine overall, see the very important lecture series by Andrew Galambos, here.

During the lecture series Galambos makes a very strong case that it was Paine who wrote the Declaration of Independence, not Thomas Jefferson.


  1. That link you have for the lecture is dead. Any other resource? I tried to Google "The Declaration of Independence, Thomas Paine and Your Freedom" and didn't find anything free.

  2. Is there another link for that lecture series? I went to URL " " and got the following message:

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  3. If only he had said inalienable rights to life, liberty, and PROPERTY. It might have helped.

  4. And this set into motion the greatest monstrosity the world has ever seen...the US Federal Govt.

    1. Yep, because the Articles of Confederation simply wouldn't do. We needed a stronger government where power was balanced between three branches that could together find the best way to oppress us.