Society, according to Paine, is everything constructive and good that people join together to accomplish. Government, on the other hand, is an institution whose sole purpose is to protect us from our own vices. Government has its origins in the evil of man and is therefore a necessary evil at best. Paine says that government's sole purpose is to protect life, liberty and property, and that a government should be judged solely on the basis of the extent to which it accomplishes this goal.
I been reading Common Sense by Thomas Paine. Some men say that I'm intense or I'm insane. You want a revolution? I want a revelation. So listen to my declaration.55
This should be required reading in our schools to give the citizens a better understanding of the purpose and value of this great nation that we have been blessed with. Liberty without reflection is easily taken for granted and under valued. Too many are willing to give up their liberties in the pursuit of socialist agendas. We can be a caring people without sacrificing our God given rights and true liberty.45