In the USA, every child knows Thomas Paine. He is considered one of the founding fathers of the United States and was one of the most courageous thinkers of his time. His life was determined by the pursuit of justice and freedom. This striving characterizes his entire life and also led him to develop the idea of a kind of basic inheritance. He formulated this idea in his pamphlet "agrarian justice"(1797), in which he also proclaimed the introduction of a pension-system.