The Magna Carta: Disregarded Waste Paper of the Anglo-West

The Magna Carta Libertatum (Latin for “the Great Charter of the Liberties“), is a charter agreed by King John of England at Runnymead , near Windsor, on 15 June 1215.

The Magna Carta was demanded so that any king that came along could not just make up laws

at a whim (arbitrary law).

For many in the Anglo-West who have no personal experience or memory of living under oppression the hard earned rights which were put to paper in the Magna Carta have long been taken for granted.

Yet in recent years we have witnessed this prize document treated like a page torn from an unvalued and unappreciated old book. This has been the relationship of many in government towards the Magna Carta.

Much of this indifference comes from measuring oneself by oneself ; or issues in the world by an Anglo country which has long had a Magna Carta heritage. This is a subjective calculation which says I feel fine; things must be alright. Yet these liberties are not some cheap thing ;were arrived at over time and found at a huge cost; whether one is aware of this or not.


In recent years, much to the result of post-modernism, there has been a clearly-displayed indifferent attitude by many citizens and residents in the Anglo-West concerning this precious document. It is like eating the good fruit each day but not caring about where they good fruit came from; nor of who toiled to grow that that fruit; or how that vineyard was originally planted.


The rights and liberties we address here are not by accident. For they were purchased for us ‘by the blood and pain of many men and women in earlier generations.’

There is a subtle and often not so subtle removal and suspension of our civil liberties and human rights.

Is this important to you?

If yes…What are you doing to respond to this?


We tell the story of Magna Carta, foundation of our rights: freedom’s unlikely origins, remarkable triumphs and modern challenges.


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