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Crack, down…

Source: Detroit Free Press

From Flint, Michigan, the police world’s pinnacle of punning. (thanks, Glitter)

As we hitch up our trousers (and consider the rights we do and don’t have), we might recall that it was on this date in 1215 that King John affixed his seal to the Magna Carta…  After years of watching rights-abridging legislation streak through Congress like greased pigs, it’s somehow comforting to recall this early example of unintended consequences:  the “Great Charter” was meant as a fundamentally reactionary treaty between the king and his barons, guaranteeing nobles’ feudal rights and assuring that the King would respect the Church and national law.  But over succeeding centuries, at the expense of royal and noble hegemony, it became a cornerstone of English democracy– and indeed, democracy as we know it in the West.

The Magna Carta

Written by (Roughly) Daily

June 15, 2009 at 12:01 am

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