NOBODY beats Thomas Paine for pure brassy defiance. Paine's rhetoric is unstoppable, and his character typifies Barry Goldwater's maxim "Moderation in the persuit of Liberty is no virtue...". The spirit of this historic and beloved screed remains as apposite today as it was in 1776. It is extraordinary to think this straightforwardly seditious pamphlet was printed and openly distributed while the American colonies remained firmly under the rule of King George III. Context: he is the same king who won the Seven Years War, which established Britain's primacy on the world military stage, so rebelling against him was no light matter.Indulge me in a few favorite quotes... "nothing flatters vanity or confirms obstinacy in Kings more than repeated petitioning" (p43); "the will of the Almighty... expressly disapproves of Government by Kings" (p14); and my favorite: "Of more worth is one honest man to Society and in the sight of God, than all the crowned Ruffians that ever lived" (p29) Amen, brotha!!!