Tom Paine on Patriotism and Morality

by Luke Muehlhauser on June 2, 2010 in Quotes

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TK June 2, 2010 at 9:11 pm

I have to wonder if Glenn Beck featured this in his reprint of “Common Sense”.

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lukeprog June 2, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Glenn Beck reprinted Common Sense?

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tom June 3, 2010 at 1:56 am

It wasn’t a reprint, Beck just ripped off the title and appointed himself heir to Paine.

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Bill Maher June 3, 2010 at 4:01 am

The irony of a religious Mormon quoting a deist who hated all religion.

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Hermes June 3, 2010 at 5:45 am

The irony of a religious Mormon quoting a deist who hated all religion.

I take it as an example of pissing on territory that often happens in marketing and propaganda. Everything needs to be claimed. If that means squeezing hard clay soil and calling it orange juice, so be it.

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Ajay June 3, 2010 at 6:46 am

Do you think it ever crossed Beck’s ‘mind’ that Thomas Paine would die of insult at this action, or do you think he actually believes Paine would be proud of his ‘taking up the mantle’?

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TK June 3, 2010 at 9:15 am

It was a reprint. Glenn Beck ripped off the title, wrote a cheesy introduction, and then printed “Common Sense” in its entirety.

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tom June 3, 2010 at 10:19 am

Checked Amazon, TK is right. Thanks for the correction (and sorry if this is a double post, my first didn’t appear.)

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Hermes June 3, 2010 at 11:21 am

In that case, even if Beck didn’t read or understand Common Sense maybe some of his followers will have a moment where Pane’s words click a gear in motion.

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Bill Maher June 3, 2010 at 3:27 pm

I wonder if Beck has ever read Age of Reason. In it, Paine is a caustic anti-Christian.

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TK June 4, 2010 at 6:53 pm

I wonder if Beck has ever read.

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Hermes June 4, 2010 at 7:31 pm

Probably Machiavelli, without irony.

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lukeprog June 4, 2010 at 7:46 pm

TK,

A teleprompter, at least…

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Reginald Selkirk June 5, 2010 at 12:39 pm

It was a reprint. Glenn Beck ripped off the title, wrote a cheesy introduction, and then printed “Common Sense” in its entirety.

Well, if he reprinted the entire original text, that would still put him ahead of Ray Comfort’s edition of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, in which he dropped several chapters.

Tom Paine was a really cool frood.

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