What was so revolutionary about Common-Sense when it was first written in 1775?

Read as much of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense as you have time for and Jon Katz’s “The Age of Paine by Jon Katz”. In a minimum of 500 words respond to the following prompts:

1. What was so revolutionary about Common-Sense when it was first written in 1775?

2. What is still revolutionary about the work globally today in relation to the United Nations’ “Universal Declaration of Human Rights”? — http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/

3. How did Leporello in “Don Giovanni” deal with the inequities of his lower-class, servant’s position in this late eighteenth century setting?

4. What more opportunities are there for us Americans in the twenty-first century to balance access to equal rights?