Thomas Paine and His Importance to Progressives

  The Center for Progressive Urban Politics had the pleasure recently to sit down with actor, Ian Ruskin who is preparing to begin film production of his one-man play entitled “To Begin the World Over Again: the Life of Thomas Paine”. In his pursuit to create the most authentic depiction of Thomas Paine possible, Ian has devoted years of study to the man, the times and the events that shaped Paine’s philosophy on politics, economics, foreign policy and more. Thomas Paine was a product of the age of enlightenment and probably the most influential of our founding fathers when...

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