The Magna Carta: Still the Basis of Society for Good Reasons

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It was written in Latin and was the first written constitution of Europe. There were 63 clauses in the Magna Carta and many of the clauses were about property rights for the barons, however many of the benefits were only given to the rich and many people never had a voice in the British government. The Magna Carta was a great achievement for the English barons and, six centuries later, an inspiration for American colonists trying to get representation for all people. The barons wanted the rights of the British Government to be recognized and sent to all countries to be read to the freemen. While England was militarily successful the king had a good relationship with the barons, however, while England lost land the taxes for the barons increased and the barons didn't like the fact of the taxes going up without being told which is when the barons took action against the king and forced the signing of the Magna Carta or else the threat of a Civil War was presented. In a lecture on October 13, 2011 David Davis who is a member of the Parliament said this about the Magna Carta

Now in Politics we’re used to the law of unintended consequences. Normally it is the bad outcome of good intentions, that you set out to create a good law and it goes wrong, I don’t know, say the child support agency or the war on Iraq, whatever it might be, that went…

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