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1737-1809. Born in Norfolk, England, Paine emigrated to the British American colonies where, as a revolutionary leader, political activist and journalist he supported the American colonist's fight for independence. His widely read pamphlet, 'Common Sense', was a powerful weapon in this fight. "Without the pen of the author of Common Sense, wrote John Adams, "the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain." As a social and political reformist, Paine supported the revolution in France, (where he was arrested and imprisoned in 1793), addressed property ownership and introduced the concept of a guaranteed minimum income. In 'The Age of Reason', it was his stance against institutionalized religion in general, and Christian doctrine in particular, that made him unpopular in later life.
In The Rights of Man, Thomas Paine defends the representational form of government. He posits that all men are born with God-given rights that cannot be taken from them by any government. Paine's position on inalienable rights played a major role in the Bill of Rights being included in the Constitution. This seminal work is as pertinent today as when it was first written.