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Thomas Paine

February 09, 1737 - June 08, 1809
"The great mass of the poor, in all countries, are become an hereditary race, and it is next to impossible for them to get out of that state of themselves. It ought also to be observed, that this mass increases in all the countries that are called civilized. More persons fall annually into it, than get out of it."source: Agrarian Justice, 1797.poverty, welfare, self-reliance

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