Common Sense Society – Washington, DC
“The cause of America is, in a great measure, the cause of all mankind.”
– Thomas Paine, Common Sense (1776)
The Common Sense Society of Washington, DC is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan, youth-led organization committed to understanding and promoting America’s proper role in the world. We organize regular forums for vigorous, intelligent, and civil debate about ideas and issues in U.S. foreign policy.
The Common Sense Society was founded in 2009 by American and European young professionals in Budapest, Hungary. CSS celebrates the Western heritage, wherein the ideas of liberty and equality have been asserted, tested, and proven over the course of four millennia. This same history reveals that mankind does not progress inevitably toward freedom or justice. Indeed, many attempts to ignore history, deny human nature, and engineer a utopian vision have initiated some of the most horrific episodes in human memory. Because ideas have consequences, CSS continues the noble tradition of argumentation and debate by providing regular forums for the exchange of these ideas. We are not bystanders to the development of our civilization; we are participants in defining our future of sustainable freedom.