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Posted January 30, 2012 at 9:33 AM via web

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How would you describe the form of government Thomas Paine says should replace the monarchy in Common Sense?

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Posted January 30, 2012 at 9:56 AM (Answer #1)

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After rejecting outright the idea that the British mixed constitution "the so-much boasted constitution," was a valid form of government for the colonies, and that the Americans should declare their independence from Great Britain, Paine outlines the type of government he believes should replace colonial rule. In a word, it can be described as "republican," and it would be highly accountable to the popular will. In Paine's vision, all of the colonies would choose delegates to write a "Continental Charter," which would serve, basically, as a constitution. Paine's suggestion for the new government was essentially a confederation of colonies. Colonies would be divided into districts, with each district sending members to a Continental Congress. The national executive would be a president, serving a one-year term, on a rotating basis from each state.

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