Paine's novel-length essay in political philosophy is primarily a polemic aimed at Edmund Burke's 1790 Reflections on the French Revolution, which criticized that revolt as savage and illegal. David Rintoul narrates it as a polemic, sounding by turns coldly angry, cuttingly sarcastic, and excitedly partisan, as well as reasonable when Paine expresses his approval of the revolutions in America and France. Paine's elegantly clear writing, though aimed at the common man, demands thought and attention; Rintoul's precise, animated, articulate narration helps the listener follow it.
Written in 1791 as a response to Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France, Thomas Paine's Rights of Man is a seminal work on human freedom and equality.
Using the French Revolution and its ideals as an example, he demonstrates his belief that any government must put the inherent rights of its citizens above all else, especially politics. After its publication, Paine left England for France and was tried in his absence for libel against the crown.
Authoritatively read by David Rintoul.
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