Democratic Alliance and Diversity (and Thomas Paine)


20 April 2018. This morning I came across this brief video clip of an old friend, Harvey Kaye discussing Thomas Paine. Harvey is a Professor of History and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

His interview, on Zero Hour with RJ Eskow, has some relevance to my reference to Thomas Paine in this week’s column in The Herald (Published on 17 April). The following is the reference to Thomas Paine in my column, and the interview with Harvey is below that.

In its current incarnation, the DA represents something more similar to the smug liberalism of former leader Tony Leon than the liberalism of, say, Thomas Paine, who significantly influenced progressivism in the US during the 18th century. As a liberal, Paine promoted social security, protection of the poor and the aged. In his work on agrarian justice he advocated that those persons who were dispossessed had a right to restitution and that this should not be considered a charitable exercise. (Read full column)




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