|Portrait of Thomas Paine by Matthew Pratt c 1785–1795|
It would seem that few of us know as much as we could about Thomas Paine (1737-1809). This episode, close to 16 hours in length, begins with a stirring speech by former SAS soldier Ben Griffin at Oxford Union (UK), a speech with which we heartily agree. Indeed, this message should be spread throughout the world, especially the English speaking Anglo-Saxon segment of it. Then we hear from the late Christopher Hitchens on Thomas Paine, and again we are heartened to have his remarks on the record. We'll also hear from professor Andrew Galambos, whose definition of idiocy happens to coincide with that propounded by this blog, synonymous with a state of irrational ignorance! (BTW, about two thirds the way through his lecture -vintage 1965- he says exactly the same thing Riegel said of banks, "they don't lend money." No, they lend credit, they create money out of nothing!) If you have been following along (and paying attention to the research of Patrick Henningsen and James Corbett) then you will understand immediately that a confluence of intelligence and understanding is alive in today's world and as they would say, when a critical mass occurs, their old way and their ancient and corrupt systems will as if impelled by natural forces, come to an end. Once again, the presentation is monumental. Take whatever time it may take to enjoy and seriously consider the ideas presented here. A real education doesn't get much better than this.
Thomas Paine's Rights of Man (Books That Changed the World) - Christopher Hitchens
The Crisis - Thomas Paine