Thomas Paine Was A Communist!October 16, 2009 at 8:53 pm | Posted in American politics | 18 Comments
I guess Glenn Beck is gonna have to find a new hero. The good folks at Think Progress have unearthed the following from one of Thomas Paine’s tracts:
It is a position not to be controverted that the earth, in its natural, cultivated state was, and ever would have continued to be, the common property of the human race. In that state every man would have been born to property. He would have been a joint life proprietor with rest in the property of the soil, and in all its natural productions, vegetable and animal.
[C]reate a national fund, out of which there shall be paid to every person, when arrived at the age of twenty-one years, the sum of fifteen pounds sterling, as a compensation in part, for the loss of his or her natural inheritance, by the introduction of the system of landed property. And also, the sum of ten pounds per annum, during life, to every person now living, of the age of fifty years, and to all others as they shall arrive at that age.
Wow, such a radical socialist communist totalitarian dictator! What is Glenn Beck gonna do?