Butter, bacon and fire: reclaiming the two Great Charters


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Butter, bacon and fire: reclaiming the two Great Charters ~ Peter Linebaugh, RED PEPPER, June 2015.

Magna Carta is only one of the two Great Charters of English Liberty, writes Peter Linebaugh – and we should reclaim them both from the conservatives and neoliberals.

Get your pitchfork ready.
Strike hard and true.
You get them or they get you.
–Amiri Baraka

Butter comes from cows; bacon comes from pigs; fire from wood. These are my simplicities. That they are part of the liberties of England is my argument. Actually it requires little debate, just some reading, remembrancing and common sense. Why we don’t know this is because we don’t understand the commons. But with a bit of work we may quickly repair our injured understanding.

Magna Carta says no to torture and dispossession, and it says yes to due process of law, the jury and habeas corpus. It limits state…

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