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Friday, December 30, 2011

Magna Carta Favored The 1%?

When you frequent reddit like I do, you tend to come across a lot of “herp-a-derp” comments, and boy howdy, did I stumble across the derpiest of herp-a-derp!

One of the top stories, What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success, claims Finland’s educational system is better than ours because it’s a total government monopoly. This lead to many comments about how America could never implement such an ideal system due to our fear of “big gumbmint”—which lead to the following comment:
That’s an anglo-saxon mindset paradigm that dates back to the magna-carta, and is used by the 1% to justify their demands to abolish government, whereas the true reason is that they don’t want to pay taxes and they don’t want the State to prevent them from doing the largest profits at the expense of everyone else.
You heard that right, folks: the Magna Carta—the very document that started our tradition of English Common Law, upon which all political discourse in the West has pivoted on, and which inspired our Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and Bill Of Rights—was really a ploy by the 1% to skip out on their taxes and oppress the 99%. Before the clearly “anti-government” Magna Carta, life must have been grand for the 99%. I heard there were only two types of classes back then: masters and slaves!

Its comments like this that proves how badly America needs educational reform. I can’t believe such historical illiteracy exists.

The Magna Carta was the very document that bred the concept that every citizen was endowed with natural rights, that every citizen was equally protected under the law, and that no man was above the law—not the king, not the barons, not the aristocracy. In other words, it was clearly against the 1%—which back then was King John.