Thomas Paine, Dissertation on the First Principles of Government ~ 1795Life 5:221–25, The Founders’ Constitution.
Volume 1, Chapter 13, Document 40.
The University of Chicago Press.
The Life and Works of Thomas Paine. Edited by William M. Van der Weyde. Patriots’ Edition. 10 vols. New Rochelle, N.Y.: Thomas Paine National Historical Association, 1925.
When all other rights are taken away the right of rebellion is made perfect.
The true and only true basis of representative government is equality of rights. Every man has a right to one vote, and no more in the choice of representatives. The rich have no more right to exclude the poor from the right of voting, or of electing and being elected, than the poor have to exclude the rich; and wherever it is attempted, or proposed, on either side, it is a question of force and not of right. Who…
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