Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness…




Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness…

Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness… --Thomas Paine

Some writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first a patron, the last a punisher.

Thomas Paine

Year: 1776
Context: Common Sense
Tags: counfounded society, distinctions, encourages intercourse, government, patron, punisher, restraining our vices, uniting our affections, wants, wickedness



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