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Wrong TurningsHow the Left Got Lost$
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Geoffrey M. Hodgson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226505749

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226505916.001.0001

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Thomas Paine and the Rights of Man

Thomas Paine and the Rights of Man

(p.46) Chapter 3 Thomas Paine and the Rights of Man
Wrong Turnings

Geoffrey M. Hodgson

University of Chicago Press

This chapter is devoted to the contribution of Thomas Paine, who developed an alternative way forward for the Left. He has been wrongly described as a socialist. His innovative arguments for a guaranteed income and for a redistribution of wealth are shown to be highly relevant for today’s capitalist economies. Paine charted a different route for the Left, which was quickly but regrettably eclipsed by socialism and collectivism.

Keywords:   Thomas Paine, American Revolution, French Revolution, redistribution of wealth, human rights

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