Common Sense

'''{{PAGENAME}}''' is a :Category:Deus Ex books, magazines and newspapers|newspaper appearing in ''Deus Ex''. Written by Thomas Paine, it was first a pamphlet, published on January 10, 1776, during the American Revolution.

...SOME writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little
or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have
different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by
wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our
affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages
intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a

Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is
but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer,
or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a
country without government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we
furnish the means by which we suffer. Government, like dress, is the badge of
lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built on the ruins of the bowers of
paradise. For were the impulses of conscience clear, uniform, and irresistibly
obeyed, man would need no other lawgiver; but that not being the case, he finds
it necessary to surrender up a part of his property to furnish means for the
protection of the rest; and this he is induced to do by the same prudence which
in every other case advises him out of two evils to choose the least...
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