Sensibility For the Common (Good)

Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state…[is intolerable]…; for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries by a government which we might expect in a country without a government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer…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…chose the least [evil of the two].  Wherefore, security being the true design and end of government, it unanswerably follows, that whatever form [of gov’t]…appears most likely to ensure it [security] to us with the least expense and greatest benefit, is preferable to all others.

SOURCE: http://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Paine-Collected-Writings/dp/1481927221

http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/commonsense/summary.html

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