For homework you read the article "We are Radicals at Heart: A New History Gets America Wrong." The author defends the Enlightenment legacy against the another writer, Yuval Levin, who sides with Edmund Burke's critique of the Age of Reason.
The "great debate" between Enlightenment "liberal" Thomas Paine and "conservative" Edmund Burke centered on politics revolution. Paine championed individualism and democracy, while Burke supported social tradition and wanted to maintain order. The author of the article you read, says America's legacy is to keep Paine's radicalism alive. Why does he think this, and whom do you agree with?
Mr. Justin Biggs