[diggers350] Winstanley - Freedom Fighter

Tony Gosling tony at gaia.org
Wed Aug 18 19:08:23 BST 1999

'The Law Of Freedom' now available on the Internet

When The Diggers' experiment was forcibly ended in 1650 Gerrard Winstanley set about consolidating his ideas and scribblings into one volume which spelt out his vision for the future.  There would be no money, no ownership of land and no tithes.  He proposed the death penalty for three offences:
1. Murder
2. Buying and Selling
3. Feeing a Lawyer

It is fashionable today to ridicule anyone who says society can function without money.  Don't let us forget that we managed very well without it pretty much up until the Romans invaded in the first century AD.  In a similar way the police are an invention of the ninteenth century, yet how many can nowadays envisage a society without them.  Money and the police have become clever ways of keeping us from out rightful share in the bounty of the earth.  Winstanley was spot on with his law of freedom.

Law of Freedom available at: http://www.bilderberg.org/lawofree.htm

Here is a snippet from The Law of Freedom first published in 1652 - it's first internet publication - 1999

To the Friendly and Unbiased READER 


It was the apostle's advice formerly, to try all things, and to hold fast that which is best. This platform of government which I offer is the original righteousness and peace in the earth, though he hath been buried under the clods of kingly covetousness, pride and oppression a long time. 

Now he begins to have his resurrection, despise it not while it is small; though thou understand it not at the first sight, yet open the door and look into the house, for thou mayst see that which will satisfy thy heart in quiet rest. 

To prevent thy hasty rashness, I have given thee a short compendium of the whole. 

First, thou knowest that the earth in all nations is governed by buying and selling, for all the laws of kings hath relation thereunto.

Now this platform following declares to thee the government of the earth without buying and selling, and the laws are the laws of a free and peaceable commonwealth, which casts out everything that offends; for there is no pricking briar in all this holy mountain of the righteous law or peaceable ruler. 

Every family shall live apart, as now they do; every man shall enjoy his own wife, and every woman her own husband, as now they do; every trade shall be improved to more excellency than now it is; a11 children shall be educated, and be trained up in subjection to parents and elder people more than now they are. The earth shall be planted, and the fruits reaped and carried into store-houses, by common assistance of every family. The riches of the store-houses shall be the common stock to every family. There shall be no idle person nor beggar in the land. 

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