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Thomas Paine: In Search of the Common Good
Proceedings of a Colloquium Held at the United Nations

Visionaries of World Peace Series

By Joyce Chumbley and Leo Zonneveld
March 2009
Distributed by Coronet Books
ISBN: 9780851247625
144 pages, Illustrated
$29.50 Paper Original

Thomas Paine was a man of words. He inspired the American struggle for independence; he defended the causes of the French Revolution. He was the greatest of the English/American 18th century radical writers, with timeless works such as Common Sense, Rights of Man, and The Age of Reason. This book, Thomas Paine: In Search of the Common Good, offers reflections on his life and writings by a group of experts and specialists who came together at a Thomas Paine Colloquium held at the United Nations in New York.

Some of the themes in this collection are Thomas Paine's still relevant and revolutionary ideas for demanding independence from any dictatorial rule, for seeking authentic freedom, justice, economic fairness, and security for all through a democratic, repreentative, and participatory government in which the rule of law is foremost, for speaking truth in straight talk, and for acquiring a global perspective.

Paine was a brilliant idea gnerator and action activator; he was also a slumber awakener. He called for citizens of the world to wake up, to think rationally, and to create a new world of co-operation, open trade, and peace.