Concerning himself not with the individual case but with the entire plague of misery he sees in society, Paine proposes the inheritance tax in order to close the gap between classes, saving society from revolution. Putting the community first indicates that Paine is an egalitarian.
Recommended CitationRagland '00, Amy (1999) "Community over the Individual: An Egalitarian Thomas Paine," Res Publica - Journal of Undergraduate Research: Vol. 4
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