The Magna Carta by Peter Linebaugh

Peter Linebaugh has done it again.   The former professor at the U of R has written, The London Hanged, about capital punishment and The Many Headed Hydra about the history of revolution from the 1600 to the present in the struggle for social and economic justice, both excellent reads.   His latest book The Magna Carta ties together the Magna Carta, (civil rights)the Charter of the Forest (economic rights), the US constitution, several US supreme court decisions,(the Santa Clara and Citizens United decisions establishing corporate personhood) and the political battles that shaped those decisions (the abolition movement, women’s suffrage, civil rights, the occupy movement).   The constitutional amendments that were intended to protect people have been corrupted to the extent that they now protect corporations.   It is a great read about the broad sweep of history and law.

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