Published in January 1776, the pamphlet Common Sense by Thomas Paine argues for American independence. In the introduction to the pamphlet, Paine says that he knows many will not favor his argument because it challenges the status quo of the colonies and the rule of the British government. He says that
a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right.
As a result, many colonists are dissuaded by any attempt at action....
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