Thomas Paine on Party Spirit

Party knows no impulse but spirit, no prize but victory. It is blind to truth, and hardened against conviction. It seeks to justify error by perseverance, and denies to its own mind the operation of its own judgement. A man under they tyranny of party spirit is the greatest slave upon earth, for none but himself can deprive him of the freedom of thought.

~Thomas Paine

“To the Oppressors of the Bank” 1787

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