Thomas Paine Biography Author of Common Sense, The Rights of Man, and The Age of Reason, Thomas Paine is considered one of the fathers of the American Revolution. Articles See More Thomas Paine Jan 1st, 1797 Agrarian Justice: Excerpt In this excerpt from Agrarian Justice, Thomas Paine argues for using land taxes to fund what we would today call a universal basic income. Thomas Paine Jan 1st, 1776 Common Sense: On the Origin and Design of Government in General, with Concise Remarks on the English Constitution Thomas Paine critiques and expounds upon ideas of government. Claiming it is but a “necessary evil” and distinguishing it from society at large. Thomas Paine Jan 1st, 1804 Letter No. One to the Citizens of the United States In his first of several letters to the citizens of the United States, Thomas Paine calls into question the legitimacy of the Federalist Papers. Thomas Paine Jan 10th, 1776 Of the Origin and Design of Government in General, with Concise Remarks on the English Constitution Paine explores the distinction between society and government and the impact the latter has on the former in this selection from Common Sense. Thomas Paine Jan 1st, 1776 Of Society and Civilization In this excerpt from The Rights of Man, here Thomas Paine argues that the order naturally observed in human society is not the result of government.