English

Question

What key concept about the relationship between an abusive government and its citizens does Paine want readers to understand? Use evidence from the text to support your response. Your response should be one paragraph

1 Answer

  • Paine begins by distinguishing between government and society. Society, according to Paine, is everything constructive and good that people join together to accomplish. Government, on the other hand, is an institution whose sole purpose is to protect us from our own vices. Government has its origins in the evil of man and is therefore a necessary evil at best. Paine says that government's sole purpose is to protect life, liberty and property, and that a government should be judged solely on the basis of the extent to which it accomplishes this goal.
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