The article seems to harp upon the fact that Paine was never truly recognized as a father of the American Revolution and summarizes his life, accomplishments, and demise. I believe the reason that he is not recognized as one of those founding fathers is that his ideas are not purely American, and the purpose of Common Sense was not aimed solely at the American Revolution but Revolution and his ideology in general. Firstly, his animosity at the British empire festered not in America, but in the slums of England. The article says, "It was if the first thirty years of his life, spent in poverty and obscurity and pressed close to the bottom of English society, had primed him to think like an American." Notice, he spent thirty years in England and only fourteen months in America before writing Common Sense and its big success. Paine was very much iedologically ahead of his time, he disagreed with Hobbes and most of the other founders because he believed in "the natural moral tendencies of people to love and care for one another." He was fundamentally different from all the other founders except Thomas Jefferson. However, Paine went much father in his liberal tendencies to almost parallel the much later Marx with beliefs with "people of various nations left alone to exchange goods freely amongst themselves" and even a belief in "war itself being abolished." These were not the fundamentals of the American Revolution, but personal attacks at Great Britain from a citizen thrown down in its own streets, and anger at the system in general.
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