How Did Thomas Paine Wrote Anonymously Before America's Independence

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Common Sense was published anonymously before America’s independence. It was an instant success and was quickly available in all thirteen colonies. Britain’s high taxes, particularly the Stamp and Sugar Acts, and America’s lack of representation in their own government had frustrated many colonists. The author of the pamphlet, Thomas Paine, argued for immediate independence from Britain. He framed government as nothing but a necessary evil to protect humanity from its own vices, and said that it should only be judged by its ability to protect life, liberty, and property. Since the government’s only responsibility should be for the people, he argued that the people should have power in their government. Much of what Paine said about America’s
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