Ian Ruskin: To Begin the World Over Again: the Life of Thomas Paine
Join Ian Ruskin as he screens his film Thomas Paine. Thomas Paine was the one truly radical Founding Father of
America, a man who changed the face of the world with his pen. “Common Sense” inspired the American Revolution, “Rights of Man” defined the
French Revolution, and “The Age of Reason” called on us to use our ability to reason as the basis for our beliefs and morality. He is a man largely forgotten and greatly misunderstood, yet ironically quoted by all and every political faction in the world today. Moreover his ideas about democracy, equality, slavery, pensions, healthcare, and education and morality would have created a very different kind of world if they had been acted on.
He was a man of the Enlightenment and lived his life with one principle
above all others…that “one must always speak the truth as one sees it, no matter the consequences”. A most dangerous commitment, that had him nearly hung in England, nearly guillotined in France, and refused a mug of beer and the right to vote when he returned to his dear America. But it also
gave him a most extraordinary life, full of moments of exhilaration and moments of despair, and a keen insight into the great events and great men of his time.
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