What are three arguments that Thomas Paine made in Common Sense?

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One of Thomas Paine's arguments in Common Sense was that when ordinary people help to create their government, it will produce a better system than the British one.  He gave the example of a group of people in a "sequestered part of the earth, unconnected with the rest."  Paine explained that these people would unify and then find the need to create laws to rule their land.  Their government would start out small.  As the population increased, they would have to elect citizens to represent them.  Paine suggested that elected officials must frequently meet with their electors.  He contrasted this idea with the British system.

Second, Paine expressed his thoughts that the American colonies have evolved and no longer require British rule.  He argued against the idea that the colonists should be loyal to England because it had protected the them and defended them at their own expense.  He states that they "would have defended Turkey from the same motive," which was to protect "trade and dominion."  

Third, Paine condemned the attacks of the British army on the colonists.  He drew several comparisons to a country attacking its own people, stating that "even brutes do not devour their young."  He describes England as full of tyranny.

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