Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Harvey J. Kaye -- August 14: Time to Reinvigorate the Fight for the Four Freedoms

 Any real Paineites out there will already know that the star hitter on the Tom Paine batting roster is Prof. Kaye. Here he is at his best on the Fight for the Four Freedoms. Do you remember them? “FREEDOM FROM FEAR AND WANT – FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND RELIGION.”

Friday, July 25, 2014

Harvey J. Kaye on Thomas Paine and "general revolution"

 Perhaps no one presently does more to bring the name of Thomas Paine before the public that Prof. Harvey J. Kaye. Here is yet another on the real meaning of American exceptionalism and the "general revolution" of the world:

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Thomas Paine biography recommendation

Several individuals have asked recently for a recommendation of a Paine biography. Much the best of the recent and more accessible biographies is Harvey Kaye's. I'll be posting more info on this and related subjects in the near future and will probably create a recommendations page, but in the meantime:

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Thomas Paine on war.

"War involves in its progress such a train of unforeseen and unsupposed circumstances ... that no human wisdom can calculate the end."

Thomas Paine -- Prospects on the Rubicon (1787)

Friday, July 11, 2014

Petition for Paine Street

Kudos to Dylan DePice for starting this initiative. Sign it and share it, people.

(note: Dylan, nice work. Would love to be in touch at my direct email -- paineite at gmail dot com)

Campaign to rename Barrow Street in honor of Thomas Paine

This story -- reported in the Right leaning New York Post -- affirms the great principle that all honorable men and women can find  and work together on a towards the common good. We support this campaign and commend the NY Post for its coverage of the story.

(acknowledgement and thanks to HJK for the link)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Thomas Paine on animal cruelty ... and human persecution and revenge.

"Everything of persecution and revenge between man and man, and everything of cruelty to animals is a violation of moral duty." - Thomas Paine: The Age of Reason

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Thomas Paine -- sowing the world with mischief

"The time, sir, will come when you, in a melancholy hour, shall reckon up your miseries by your murders in America. Life, with you, begins to wear a clouded aspect. The vision of pleasurable delusion is wearing away, and changing to the barren wild of age and sorrow.
The poor reflection of having served your king will yield you no consolation in your parting moments. He will crumble to the same undistinguished ashes with yourself, and have sins enough of his own to answer for.
It is not the farcical benedictions of a bishop, nor the cringing hypocrisy of a court of chaplains, nor the formality of an act of Parliament, that can change guilt into innocence, or make the punishment one pang the less. You may, perhaps, be unwilling to be serious, but this destruction of the goods of Providence, this havoc of the human race, and this sowing the world with mischief, must be accounted for to him who made and governs it. To us they are only present sufferings, but to him they are deep rebellions."
Thomas Paine, The American Crisis V

Saturday, March 1, 2014

All the knowledge man has ... Thomas Paine.

"All the knowledge man has of science and of machinery, by the aid of which his existence is rendered comfortable upon earth, and without which he would be scarcely distinguishable in appearance and condition from a common animal, comes from the great machine and structure of the universe. The constant and unwearied observations of our ancestors upon the movements and revolutions of the heavenly bodies, in what are supposed to have been the early ages of the world, have brought this knowledge upon earth. It is not Moses and the prophets, nor Jesus Christ, nor his apostles, that have done it. The Almighty is the great mechanic of the creation; the first philosopher and original teacher of all science. Let us, then, learn to reverence our master, and let us not forget the labors of our ancestors."

Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason