“If, to expose the fraud and imposition of monarchy, and every species of hereditary government — to lessen the oppression of taxes — to propose plans for the education of helpless infancy, and the comfortable support of the aged and distressed — to endeavour to conciliate Nations to each other — to extirpate the horrid practice of war — to promote universal peace, civilisation, and commerce — and to break the chains of political superstition, and raise degraded man to his proper rank — if these things be libellous, let me live the life of a Libeller, and let the name of LIBELLER be engraven on my tomb”
Thomas Paine, 1737-1809
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