Common Sense against Culture War — Thomas Paine’s Revolt versus Laurence Fox’s Reclaim

Statue of Thomas Paine. Photographe by Richard Croft

It might seem foolish to compare Enlightenment political theorist Thomas Paine and the bloke off the telly who plays a sidekick’s sidekick, Laurence Fox. But, aside from the fact I’d already started an essay about the culture war and Paine when Fox announced he was starting a new political whose only goal was to “fight the culture wars”, the…