Peter Linebaugh: The Magna Carta Manifesto

Peter Linebaugh: The Magna Carta Manifesto

Rather than the separation of economic or social rights and civil or political rights that is familiar to us from the United Nation’s Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and its Convenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966), in the two charterts [ Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest ] political rights in restricting autocratic behaviour paralleled common rights in restoring subsistence usufructs (goods or usages required for well-being). Thus the charters limited expropriations, as with the honey, the common sweetener. (…) The robbery of the honey and the roberry of our safety, the robbery of commoning and the taking of liberties, have gone hand in hand. How are subsistance rights related to civil rights that protect us against detention without a trial?

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