Thom Paine on the Difference between the Democrats and Libertarians

Thomas Paine, that doughty blowtorch of the American Revolution, summed up succinctly the  difference between the pathetic Democratic Party and the Libertarian philosophy that founded The Republic.

In his third chapter of “The Rights of Man”, Paine states “Government, on the old system, is an assumption of power, for the aggrandizement of itself; on the new, a delegation of power for the common benefit of society. The former supports itself by keeping up a system of war; the latter proposes a system of peace, as the true means of enriching a nation. The one encourages national prejudices; the other promotes universal society, as the means of universal commerce. The one measures its prosperity by the quantity of revenue it extorts; the other proves its excellence by the small quantity of taxes it requires.”

Though Paine lived a quarter of a millennium ago, he must have been reading all the news since Clinton got elected.

I can just hear the Democrats calling him a Fascist.

Paul Grad, enviro-libertarian

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