Law of Freedom in a Platform, or True Magistracy Restored and the True Levellers Standard Advanced (Paperback) (Hardcover)


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Law of Freedom in a Platform, or True Magistracy Restored and the True Levellers Standard Advanced (Paperback) (Hardcover)

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"In the beginning of Time, the great Creator Reason, made the Earth to be a Common Treasury, to preserve Beasts, Birds, Fishes, and Man, the lord that was to govern this Creation; for Man had Domination given to him, over the Beasts, Birds, and Fishes; but not one word was spoken in the beginning, That one branch of mankind should rule over another." -- Gerrard Winstanley



Gerrard Winstanley, (1609-1676) was the leader of a agrarian socialist community known as the Diggers, who in 1649-50 cultivated common land on St. George's Hill, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. He was opposed to the enclosure of land, and to hierarchical power structures.


In True Levellers Standard Advanced Winstanley presents his philosophy; a key element is that the Earth is the common treasury of all people, and that no group naturally ruled over another. The Law of Freedom in a Platform (1652) is his outline of a communist society. He is remembered more for his thought and writing than the immediate impact of his actions. He is often called the first socialist or the first anarchist.

Product Details ISBN: 9781789432756
ISBN-10: 1789432758
Publisher: Benediction Classics
Publication Date: January 11th, 2010
Pages: 174
Language: English