Rights of Man

From Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man

Excess and inequality of taxation, however disguised in the means, never fail to appear in their effects.  As a great mass of the community are thrown thereby into poverty and discontent, they are constantly on the brink of commotion; and deprived, as they unfortunately are, of the means of information, are easily heated to outrage.  Whatever the apparent cause of any riots may be, the real one is always want of happiness.  It shews that something is wrong in the system of government that injures the felicity by which society is to be preserved.

To be continued.

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