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How Thomas Paine Changed the World” - Gary Berton; 4/23/13

The Freethought Society (FS) is pleased to announce Gary Berton as the speaker for their Tuesday, April 23rd free and open-to-the-public gathering. Berton will be delivering his unique presentation on Thomas Paine, America’s “Independence Instigator,” whose book Common Sense essentially started the American Revolution.

The presentation will take place at 7:00 PM at the Ludington Library (5 South Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA). Berton will highlight Thomas Paine’s great wisdom and ideas that were ahead of his time.

An independent scholar on Thomas Paine for 45 years, Berton is the Coordinator of the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies and the Secretary of the Thomas Paine National Historical Association. As a lecturer at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York, he teaches the first college course ever offered in the United States on the political philosophy of Thomas Paine.

“Thomas Paine, we regard, as many historians do now, as the father of the American Revolution,” Berton said. “He is the man, through Common Sense, the Crisis Papers and letters to newspapers, actually established the principles upon which the country was founded. In one sentence, Paine stated that ‘You cannot have liberty without linking it to equality.’ The democratic system of government that Thomas Paine outlined in Common Sense became the basis of our government. It inspired the people of the United States to fight the long war against Britain.”

Thomas Paine is one of the most important political philosophers in human history. His radical ideas changed how people look at government, human rights, equality and justice by empowering the people to free themselves and form their own political goals. Most of his achievements in political philosophy are accepted conventional wisdom today. The rest are still too radical.

Berton’s presentation “How Thomas Paine Changed the World” will entertain, enlighten and inspire.


1 comment to …Thomas Paine

  • dan ciaglia

    Hi Gary, I met you at a recent dialog at UUCMC in Lincroft,NJ.I’m interested in having come down again for a larger dialog and film venue in later spring,if you are interested? Let me know what availablity you may have. Thanks,Dan Ciaglia

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