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Who exactly was Thomas Paine, and why is someone like Andrew Yang talking about him? That isn’t just a rhetorical question for the sake of drawing in the audience. From the moment he reached revolutionary celebrity status in 1776 after the publication of Common Sense—the influential pamphlet that almost single-handedly inspired the American Declaration of Independence—Paine was simultaneously cast into the contradictory roles of hero and villain, political influencer and maligned hack, paragon of republican virtue and personally disgusting and politically dangerous to moderates and conservatives.
More than any other major figure of the American Revolution, Paine inspired both intense devotion and vociferous defamation, more than George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and the current reigning champion of Revolutionary Era fascination, Alexander Hamilton. Why? Because Paine dared to articulate a radical worldview rooted in what today would be considered progressive principles, as a harsh critic of hereditary privilege, slavery, and women’s subordination, an apostle of democratic political participation and more egalitarian societies. In other words, Paine was America’s first progressive.
This Olio examines Paine’s life and relevance to modern American politics at a critical moment, as the modern American progressive left expands its base and influence. Paine’s life and legacy have always hovered as a specter over the American political left, and this class explores how and why.
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1582 Atlantic Ave
Btwn Kingston & Albany Avenues
Brooklyn, New York 11213
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Every region of the world is drastically affected by the coronavirus. Everywhere politics, economics and society has been changed. How will this impact America, China, Russia? As Sino-America tensions rise will the global power structure change? How will the Middle East—Israel and its neighbors—emerge from this crisis? Can poorer nations cope?...
Tuesday Jun 2nd, 10am - 11am Eastern Time(5 sessions)
In 1963, Malcolm X identified core issues with progressive organizing that continue to plague us today. He compared political liberals to conservatives stating that “Both are canines; and no matter which one of them the Negro places his trust in, he never ends up in the White House, but always in the dog house.” What Malcolm X was...
Thursday Jun 11th, 8pm - 9:15pm Eastern Time
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