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Thomas Paine

February 09, 1737 - June 08, 1809
"For all men being originally equals, no one by birth could have a right to set up his own family in perpetual preference to all others forever, and though himself might deserve some decent degree of honors of his contemporaries, yet his descendants might be far too unworthy to inherit them. One of the strongest natural proofs of the folly of hereditary right in kings, is that nature disapproves it, otherwise she would not so frequently turn it into ridicule by giving mankind an ass for a lion."source: Common Sense, 1776kings, classes of society, aristocrats, natural born rights, privileges

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