Wood argues that although Paine was not well recognized as a "founding father" of the nation, it was because of his outspokenness and lack of connection to the aristocracy, which were in themselves positive things. Because of his disconnect, he could "view the matter rather than the parties" and "endeavor to serve all." This was beneficial because he didn't have a lot of the biases and social positions to honor (like Adams, Jefferson, and Madison) that probably would have kept him from clearly forming and sharing his opinions. He was simply an intellectual. Additionally, he sought to inform the common people (including artisans, like he formerly was), through a "simple common style." This was extremely important because it brought the ideas of the Revolution down to a level that everyone could understand, and the Revolution did affect everyone, after all. Today, his legacy can be seen in the proliferation of media outlets like newspapers, magazines, and online, which an average person can use to harshly criticize the government from the outside.
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