Why Did Thomas Paine Question The British Authority To Rule In Common Sense?

So, why did Thomas Paine question British authority to rule the 13 colonies using common sense?

Short Answer:

  • The English authority exploited the 13 colonies so much in order to enrich Great Britain.
  • They imposed such bad laws on the colonies, completely against colonists’ interests.
  • The British authority arrogated the colonies’ local leader’s power over operating their local administration. 
  • Even, the British authority created such rules, which provoked their royal officials to commit crimes against colonists. It threatened them of losing their life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
  • King George became arrogant because he demanded the people of Boston to say sorry to him for the Boston Tea Party. Even after knowing that not all the colonists involved in that incident.

Do you have the answer to this interesting question?

Ok, if you haven’t I will answer it for you.

In basic terms, Thomas Paine wanted to mean that the British government and King George III had been ruling the 13 colonies without paying any proper attention to the colonists’ development.

Either way, Great Britain doesn’t know nor trying to know the necessities of the American colonists.

why did Thomas Paine question British authority to rule the colonies in common sense
What Is Thomas Paine’s ‘Common Sense’?

According to Thomas Paine, whatever rules and regulations the British authorities created and applied to the colonies, they were only for the benefits of the British Empire, not for the people of those 13 colonies.

He blamed King George III and the government that they were seeing colonies only as a source of wealth; not as a part of England.

And therefore, the situation came that the people here were getting highly rebellious against British authority.

Probably, he wanted to mean, the happenings were all for authority’s lack of proper common sense in their ruling system.

And hence, he also started supporting the independence of the 13 Colonies from their mother country.


What Was The Common Sense of Thomas Paine?

Actually, this was a pamphlet, which was published by Paine anonymously on January 10th, the year 1776.

Though Thomas Paine was a British citizen; but he highly supported the revolutionary war of America’s independence.

Via the Common Sense pamphlet, he used to encourage American colonists’ to get freedom from Great Britain.

There he had explained the natural rights of humans, which included life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Therefore still today, Paine is known as one of the founding fathers of the United States.

Let me tell you another interesting fact that Common Sense is one of the highest-selling books (or 49 pages pamphlet) in American history.


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