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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

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

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226505916.003.0004

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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