More from the British actor and Thomas Paine re-enactor Ian Ruskin. Ruskin challenges the Foxified rantings of Glenn Beck favorite Bob Basso, whose pseudo-historical portrayals of Thomas Paine inspired Ruskin to respond with these much more historically accurate contributions on Paine, and the meaning and intention of his works.
These were produced with assistance from Harvey Kaye, one of America’s foremost scholars on Thomas Paine. Ruskin is the author and actor of the one-man play To Begin the World Over Again: The life of Thomas Paine, which spotlights Paine in his own words.
Besides his insights on social justice, in which he reads from one of my favorite works of Paine, Agrarian Justice, you can watch Paine weigh in on the subject of SLAVERY, and what it means to be “multi-cultural” in society today. He also takes on the topic of RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES, in which he addresses an issue that is still hotly contested in politics today - the role of government and the ‘welfare state.” He also brings to light the personal smear campaigns that are waged by institutions of power against those who challenge them with cogent and effective arguments , which are just as prevalent today as they were in Paine’s time.