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17751833, Mar 28
an Irish political and philosophical writer and social reformer, developing from utilitarianism into an early critic of capitalist exploitation. An enthusiastic student of the writers and ideas of the Enlightenment, particularly Condorcet, Thompson became a convinced egalitarian and democrat. His support for the French Revolution earned him the label of "Red Republican" from Cork society and his support for advocates of Catholic emancipation in elections further alienated him from the rest of his wealthy Protestant kith and kin.
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