Common Sense By Thomas Paine

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Common Sense by Thomas Paine  was one of the most influential books in American history. Still today it’s the mostly widely circulated and read book ever written.

At its core it was a call for independence from Britain, but the Declaration of Independence had already been signed and the Revolutionary War was already well under way. So why was this book so important let alone needed? Because the country was very divided. Thomas Paine went on to lay out the argument for independence using common sense and plain arguments. And, he explained why.

He explained why these ideas are so important, so they could be preserved. These ideas are as important today as ever and for that reason, this book is as important as ever.


Common Sense by Thomas Paine is the most compelling case for freedom ever made. It’s not just a book for Americans but a case for humanity and it’s ideas are as relevant today as ever. It’s the strongest case for freedom ever made and a must read for anyone who wants to understand what freedom and government are supposed to be. Written in plain language everyone can understand it explains the natural relationship between government and people. There’s just one problem…

Published in 1776 it was written in Old English and it could very well be another language for someone trying to read it today. The original manuscript is nearly impossible to understand. For the first time ever it’s been translated into modern English so that everyone can read and understand it. It’s a book that offers nothing more than simple facts, plain arguments and commonsense. Some people won’t agree with the principles, but it doesn’t make them any less true today than they were when it was originally written.

If you’ve ever tried to read Common Sense by Thomas Paine you know it’s nearly impossible. It was written in Old English nearly 250 years and the language then was completely different than it is today. It’s practically a different language. This translation by Christopher Scott keeps the original meaning but written in modern English so you can understand it fully.

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Common Sense by Christopher Scott

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Common Sense Translation Examples

The trouble with reading Common Sense by Thomas Paine is that it’s very difficult to under stand. Here’s a few examples to compare the original text to the translated samples.

​Original Text by Thomas Paine:

“Thus necessity, like a gravitating power, would soon form our newly arrived emigrants into society, the reciprocal blessings of which, would supersede, and render the obligations of law and government unnecessary while they remained perfectly just to each other; but as nothing but heaven is impregnable to vice, it will unavoidably happen, that in proportion as they surmount the first difficulties of emigration, which bound them together in a common cause, they will begin to relax in their duty and attachment to each other; and this remissness, will point out the necessity, of establishing some form of government to supply the defect of moral virtue.”

Translated to Modern English by Christopher Scott:

Out of necessity, then, people are pulled together to take advantage of each other’s talents and abilities. In the beginning they rely on each other, so there is no need for laws and government. Over time, however, selfishness and laziness settle in. People grow complacent. As a second group of people begins providing a disproportionate amount of work, they begin to see the need to establish some form of government to correct the unfairness.

Original Text by Thomas Paine:

“MANKIND being originally equals in the order of creation, the equality could only be destroyed by some subsequent circumstance; the distinctions of rich, and poor, may in a great measure be accounted for, and that without having recourse to the harsh ill- sounding names of oppression and avarice. Oppression is often the consequence, but seldom or never the means of riches; and though avarice will preserve a man from being necessitously poor, it generally makes him too timorous to be wealthy.”

Translated to Modern English by Christopher Scott:

Men were originally created equal, and that quality could only be destroyed by some subsequent circumstance. That some people are rich and some are poor is explainable even though it follows misery and oppression. Selfish preservation is what keeps a man from being so poor he’s destitute, but it’s also what makes him fearful of taking the risks needed to be wealthy.

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