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What does this excerpt from Common Sense by William Paine mean: But there is another and greater distinction for which no truly natural or religious reason can be assigned, and that is, the distinction of men into KINGS and SUBJECTS. Male and female are the distinctions of nature, good and bad the distinctions of heaven; but how a race of men came into the world so exalted above the rest, and distinguished like some new species, is worth enquiring into, and whether they are the means of happiness or of misery to mankind.

  • US History - , Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 9:08pm

    Paine is questioning why people believed that some people were better than others.

  • US History - , Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 9:10pm

    thank you so much i was having problems because i don't speak the way that he speaks but thank you so much

  • US History - , Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 9:12pm

    You're very welcome.

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