His argument begins with more general, theoretical reflections about government and religion, then progresses onto the specifics of the colonial situation. Paine begins by distinguishing between government and society.
Though the entire book is worthy of discussion, his chapter on choice vs. In the chapter, Levin provides a helpful summary of how the two men differed in their beliefs about social obligation and individual rights. How ought we to relate to our fellow man?
What preexisting obligations do we have to our neighbors? How do those obligations come to be? What role ought the State to play in guiding or intervening in the social order? As Burke puts it: We have obligations to mankind at large, which are not in consequence of any special voluntary pact.
They arise from the relation of man to man, and the relation of man to God, which relations are not matters of choice. On the contrary, the force of all the pacts which we enter into with any particular person or number of persons amongst mankind, depends upon those prior obligations.
In some cases the subordinate relations are voluntary, in others they are necessary—but the duties are all compulsive.
Such differences have interesting applications across a variety of areas, but as it pertains to economics, these ideas can play out in peculiar and counter-intuitive ways.
Paine several times makes it clear that he is a believer in commerce because he believes open trade and free economics will advance his radical causes by uprooting traditional social and political arrangements.
It would do this by focusing men on their material needs and showing them a rational means of meeting those needs. The system of the old European governments, Paine argues, was held in place by deceptions and distractions including especially the nearly permanent specter of war that could be, and were already beginning to be, dissipated by a rational economics.
He argued that government manipulation of the economy could be profoundly disruptive to the social order because it involved gross manipulation of very complicated economic and social forces that are almost inevitably beyond the understanding of legislators.
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For Burke, however, poverty like all else is a matter that ought to be examined through the more complex framework of a rightly ordered society, taking account of our unique roles and responsibilities therein. Choice matters, and it ought to be protected in varying degrees, but any true liberty must also incorporate and accept a variety of obligations not of our own design.
Paine thus looks to politics to overcome impediments to our freedom to live as we choose, which leads him in time to look to the state to ameliorate severe material deprivation. To correct for this error, he argues, government has a role in alleviating the misery of the most miserable and giving all something closer to an equal chance of rising by their own merits… …Burke, meanwhile, believed our obligations are functions not of our right to choose but of our deeply embedded place in the social order.
Each of us lives in a particular relation to society, which carries with it both duties and privileges, and society will only function well if all its members meet their particular obligations.
The care of the poor is surely among these obligations, but the duty falls to the rich, not to the state acting on behalf of all, because it is not something the state could do without causing even greater harm.
Precisely because Burke draws a less stark distinction between society and government—treating both as described by the social contract, which is a partnership in all things—he also has a more limited notion of the role of the government.
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Thomas Paine (January 29, (NS February 9, ) – June 8, ) was an English American author, pamphleteer, radical, inventor, intellectual, revolutionary, and one of . APUSH Chapter STUDY. PLAY. Sugar ActIntroduced by Prime Minister George Grenville -James ChalmersResponse to Common Sense, loyalist-Defends English constitution, admits it has faults, but still almost perfection Thomas Paine's Common Sense causes, John Adams as evidence.
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