Thomas Paine (1737 – 1809) was an English writer, revolutionary, and intellectual. He emigrated to the British American colonies at age 37 where he participated in the American Revolution. His principal contribution was the powerful, widely-read pamphlet Common Sense (1776), advocating colonial America’s independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain, and of The American Crisis (1776–1783), a pro-revolutionary pamphlet series. Historian Gordon S. Wood described Common Sense as, “the most incendiary and popular pamphlet of the entire revolutionary era.”
In the following video, Thomas Paine returns to modern times with pleas for a second revolution to take back America! Released in July, and perhaps more relevant today, this production has more than 2.3 million views on YouTube.