Category Archives: The World Turned Upside Down

Responses to the New Putney Debates

The World Turned Upside Down: The Trials of Freeborn John

June and July are interesting months in the historical chronology of the Levellers. Three hundred and seventy two years ago next month sees the anniversary of the arrest of John Lilburne, the famous Leveller agitator, for the alleged slandering of William Lenthall, at that time the Speaker of the House of Commons.
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The World Turned Upside Down: Bill of Rights or Bill of Wrongs?

Theresa May’s recent announcement that she is to fight the 2020 United Kingdom Election on a Human Rights mandate, reported first in the Daily Telegraph and then by the Russian news service RT, may come as a bit of a … Continue reading

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Remember! Remember the 5th and 6th of November!

Inspired by the Levellers and the Diggers New Putney Debates celebrates the 799th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest on 5th & 6th November with a weekend of events looking at how social protest won the commons and ongoing … Continue reading

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The World Turned Upside Down: A Just and Elected Monarchy?

In this, the fourth of my responses in this current blog thread to the LSX Occupy Group’s ‘New Putney Debates’, we look for a second time at the highly contentious issue of the British Monarchy, in relation to the original … Continue reading

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The World Turned Upside Down: Towards a Parliamentary Republic?

In this, the third of my responses to the LSX Occupy Group’s ‘New Putney Debates’, we look at the highly contentious issue of the British Monarchy, in relation to the original Leveller Debates of 1647. With questions being asked on … Continue reading

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The World Turned Upside Down: Ancient Sites and Bardic Rights

Just over a month before Christmas 2012 participants in the latest round of national student protests converged unexpectedly on Kennington Park in South London, having been redirected from Westminster by senior Metropolitan Police officers anxious about possible disturbances; in the … Continue reading

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The World Turned Upside Down: Custom Law and Common Right

In recognition of the 365th Anniversary of the Leveller Debates at the end of the First English Civil War Occupy London held a series of events inspired by the seventeenth century Levellers and Diggers: two radical forward thinking groups that … Continue reading

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