Thomas Paine’s Perspectives on Social Justice, Rights and Responsibilities

September 9th, 2012 by Andy in Taxes, The Commons & The Social Contract, Video

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.

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  1. Ian Ruskin said,

    on September 9th, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Dear Andy,
    Thank you! I appreciate your support and the fact that you really understand what I am trying to do with these videos. If you are interested join my email list, mainly about my non-profit The Harry Bridges Project but including Thomas Paine news, just send me an email. I am also on facebook at

  2. Len Porzio said,

    on February 11th, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    I just want to learn more about Thonas Paine and some different interpretations of his views. I am a believer (open minded to be in error) the he was one of a few men that could pen the declaration of Independence.

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