Common Sense: A Political History

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Common sense has always been a cornerstone of American politics. In 1776, Tom Paine's vital pamphlet with that title sparked the American Revolution. And today, common sense--the wisdom of ordinary people, knowledge so self-evident that it is beyond debate--remains a powerful political ideal, utilized alike by George W. Bush's aw-shucks articulations and Barack Obama's down-to-earth reasonableness. But far from self-evident is where our faith in common sense comes from and how its populist logic has shaped modern democracy. ...

Common Sense: A Political History 2014, Harvard University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9780674284166

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Common Sense: A Political History 2011, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass

ISBN-13: 9780674057814

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