Property, Welfare and Freedom in the Thought of Thomas Paine. A Critical Edition

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This collection of Paine’s writings focuses on his approach to economic issues, such as the development of a central bank, paper money, public debt, property and poverty, in the light of an interpretation of his political theory as a unique combination of liberal or even libertarian and republican ideas. A critical introduction places these texts in the context of Paine’s life and his overall political theory, in addition to the wider context of the development of economic thought and financial practice of the late 18th century.


“Dr. Ford has deployed superb scholarship in gathering these pieces together. . . editorial introductions and bibliographical apparatus of a calibre that will make the work invaluable to students and scholars alike. This book has the unmistakable feel of the final word on the subject and will, I’m certain, remain the authoritative work on it for the foreseeable future.” – Professor Hillel Steiner

“There is no doubt that the combination of texts and Dr. Ford’s scholarly introduction makes a substantial contribution to the further and wider understanding of Paine’s social and economic thought.” – Professor Gregory Claeys

Table of Contents

Table of contents (main headings):
Preface; Chronology;
1. A Revolutionary Life
2. Problems in Interpreting Paine’s Political Theory
3. Paine’s Economics
4. Are Liberty and Democracy Consistent?
Thomas Paine on the Bank, Welfare and Economic Freedom
1. Free Trade and Independence
2. Tax and Financing the War
3. The Bank Crisis – Philadelphia 1785-7
4. National Debt and Paper Money
5. Welfare and the Property Rights of Man
Biographical Glossary; Bibliography; Index

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