The Revolutionary Ideas of Thomas Paine

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Sat, Jul 02 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Saturday, July 2, 2022
2:00 – 4:00 pm PDT
In person event at Concord Hall, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA
Presenter: Maurice Bisheff

Thomas Paine believed that basic, universal principles were the foundation and driving influence of the basis of self-government in man, society, and democratic republics. Sponsored by Benjamin Franklin, Paine came to America, and became a famous pamphleteer, revising literary cannons of the age.  He appealed to the faculty of “common sense” in each human being with a vision of universal human rights balancing liberty, equality, tolerance, sociability, and opportunity within a democratic republic. His application of impersonal spirituality, philosophical reasoning, and scientific discourse were valuable ways of developing human potential for the betterment of mankind.  Therefore, Paine is relevant to our current global revolution in self-awareness and to the possibilities of a universal Republic(s) of Conscience today. Following this annual Founding Address of the Institute of World Culture, all are invited to stay and join us for cake and conversation.

This in-person event is an annual celebration of the founding of the Institute of World Culture in Santa Barbara.
Please join us after the presentation for cake and conversation.

You may attend this event in-person on location in Concord Hall, or view it via Zoom.  Members will be sent a Zoom link Friday morning. If you are not a member and would like a link, please email Robert ( before noon on Saturday. Include your name and email address. The recording of the talk will eventually be posted on the IWCinSantaBarbara Youtube channel:


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