Magna Carta

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The Magna Carta document limited the power of the English throne. It was enacted by King John of England in 1215. While the Magna Carta codified the rights of only a specific group of people (the nobility of England), its creation is believed to be a pivotal moment in the history of English Common law and in the development of Western democracy and human rights.

In the modern world[edit]

Freemen on the land often apply its principles incorrectly and fail to understand this document is no longer in force.[1]

In January 2012, Republicans in the New Hampshire state legislature proposed a bill mandating that certain legislation reference the Magna Carta.[2] The bill was roundly mocked[3][4][5] and ultimately failed.[6]

Lawful rebellion[edit]

The Magna Carta, and especially article 61, is interpreted creatively by various tax protestors and other people who believe it entitles them to "lawful rebellion", a process which allows them to ignore all laws and not pay taxes[7] (but still enjoy the public services that taxes pay for). The website Direct Democracy includes instructions as to how you can inform Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs of your invocation of article 61, which will result in you not having to pay tax.[8] Don't try this at home. Especially since article 61 lasted a month before it was annulled by a Papal Bull.[9]

Boxer Oliver "The Ringmaster" Pinnock was jailed for 25 days in 2017 after arguing that article 61 implied that the council could not impose tax without a contractual agreement. The council differed and pointed to legislation giving it the power to levy taxes.[10]

In 2010 someone called Graeme MacLean submitted a freedom of information request to the British government saying: "Can you confirm that Article 61 of The Magna Carta Of 1297 is still in force and that as such it is still legal to enter into lawful rebellion against parliament." The government declined to confirm this.[11] The 1297 version only has 37 articles.[12]

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