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Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, published first in January, 1776, argued that:


The colonists were represented virtually in Parliament and therefore were British subjects with no reason to rebel.


Colonists should focus on economic issues and ignore political problems.


Colonists should cut their ties with England for a variety of political and economic reasons.


Parliament was the problematic entity, and further attempts at reconciliation should ignore them in favor of appealing only to King George III.


The divine right of kings meant that any independence movement was doomed, as the colonists were attempting to upset the natural order of the world with talk of independence.

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