Thursday, May 06, 2010

Inner Banks Philosophy

"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."

-- Thomas Paine


At 1:22 AM , Blogger Bigvic said...

" In advocating the case of the persons thus dispossessed, it is a right, and not a charity . . . [Government must] create a national fund, out of which there shall be paid to every person, when arrived at the age of twenty-one years, the sum of fifteen pounds sterling, as a compensation in part, for the loss of his or her natural inheritance, by the introduction of the system of landed property. And also, the sum of ten pounds per annum, during life, to every person now living, of the age of fifty years, and to all others as they shall arrive at that age. "

- Thomas Paine, Agrarian Justice

At 1:29 AM , Blogger Bigvic said...

He was also a supporter of free public education, progressive tax code, guaranteed minimum income (Welfare), Old age pension (Social Security, and other measure which would create a welfare state. Not to mention his complete opposition to Edmund Burke, the patron saint of conservatism. Ironic.

At 7:45 AM , Blogger Dean Stephens said...

Because someone believes that landed property (i.e. ownership by Lord's and the upper class by an entitlement enforced by government) is wrong and needs to be corrected, does not equate automatically to socialism in response to a free society.

His opposition to Burke is interesting and often wrong. That does not mean he is not a great founder.

You can admire some things about someone and still disagree with their conclusion on other issues and decisions.

It is his strength on some important issues that makes him igreat, not the illusion that he is perfect and unflawed.


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