Thomas Paine was one of the more truly revolutionary figures of the first American Revolution. For this reason he traveled to become part of the revolution in France, where he was honored as one of the few foreigners elected to the new post-monarchical National Assembly. In 1795 he proposed what was essentially the first national social security plan for France, to be paid for from taxes on wealthy landowners. He published this proposal as a pamphlet entitled Agrarian Justice.
|By: Antipanglossian Sunday March 10, 2013 7:00 pm|
|By: Glenn W. Smith Sunday August 5, 2012 9:30 am|
Last May, Maryland political consultant Julius Henson was fined $1 million (in June a 60-day jail term was added) for a robo-call scheme to suppress the votes of eligible African-American voters. He was working for Republican Bob Erlich, a former Maryland governor trying to unseat Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley. Erlich campaign manager Paul Schurick was also convicted.
Erlich, of course, has gone on to become Mitt Romney’s Maryland campaign chairman. He lost his race but earned his Republican anti-democratic merit badge.
|By: Glenn W. Smith Sunday March 6, 2011 9:30 am|
In today’s politico-media sphere it is easier than ever to define some evil Other and blame “them” for the problems “we” face. The right-wing attacks on teachers and other public servants are the most recent example of a pernicious human habit that is now and always has been a real threat to a civilization’s social, political and economic viability.
|By: Glenn W. Smith Sunday October 17, 2010 9:30 am|
“These are the times that try men’s souls.” Thomas Paine said that, and I wish I could ask him, “What times aren’t?” Still, whatever else they are these are our times. And, however obviously true that is, it is painful to confess.