magna carta

Magna Carta: A Libertarian Document?

Sheldon Richman,

June 15, 2015 is the 800th anniversary of the day in 1215 that rotten King John put his seal to the sheet of parchment called the Articles of the Barons—later to be known as Magna Carta—at Runnymede in England. While Magna Carta did not raise the curtain on a libertarian, or even classical liberal, future, it may be said to have gotten the ball rolling, even if that was not part of anyone’s intention.

Magna Carta changed the world


British Prime Minister David Cameron told the audience at the American Bar Association's Magna Carta Memorial that the document had altered forever "the balance of power between the governed and the government".

Magna Carta at 800: We are still enjoying the freedoms won

John Stanton, CNN

The catalyst for Magna Carta was the tyrannical rule of King John and, in particular, his imposition of arbitrary taxes upon the barons. The sealing of Magna Carta marked the first time that the notion that an unelected sovereign should be restrained under law was officially recognized. 

Magna Carta 800 Years Later and The Law That Governs Government

Today marks the 800th anniversary of England’s Magna Carta, the “Great Charter” of liberty. Magna Carta’s celebration today is relevant to what’s happening in America right now: “From 1215 to 2015, we see the nature of government power to violate rights by violating the rule of law.”

The Greatest Constitutional Document of All

Rob Natelson, American Thinker

No wonder Justices of the Supreme Court have cited Magna Carta in over 175 cases. It is a foundation for American liberties -- as it has been a foundation of the liberties widely enjoyed throughout the modern Anglosphere.