Error Of Past Goes On And On And On And

“The error of those who reason by precedents drawn from antiquity, respecting the rights of man, is that they do not go far enough into antiquity. They do not go the whole way. They stop in some of the intermediate stages of an hundred or a thousand years, and produce what was then done, as a rule for the present day.”

Source: Thomas Paine. Writings of Thomas Paine — Volume 2 (1779-1792): The Rights of Man