MAGNA CARTA II

(Announcing a contest with no rewards yet but what you wish to award yourself. It will take you a few minutes to learn what you and we are up to, but we're pretty sure you will like it, and we're sure we need you.)

Briefly, the world needs Magna Carta II. The first one, having been thought up in the year 1215, is a bit out of date. Quite a few things have happened since then that need adjusting, as you have probably noticed. So we're coming up here with some CPR for the Earth ---

Conservation -- Preservation -- Restoration

We don't think any planet needs it more than ours does. Remember what Bernadette Cozart said just a few months ago:

"We must be the newest species on Earth, because everything else seems to know what to do."


For more technical note, here is how The Century Dictionary and Encyclopedia (The Century Co., New York, 1896 edn.) explains what we are about to be up to:


Magna Carta  

The great charter of the liberties (MC Libertatum) of England, signed and sealed by King John in a conference between him and his barons at Runnymede, June 15, 1215. Its most important articles are those which provide that no freeman shall be taken, or imprisoned, or proceeded against, except by the lawful judgment of his peers or in accordance with the law of the land, and that no scotage or aid shall be imposed in the Kingdom (except certain feudal dues from tenants of the crown), unless by the common council of the Kingdom. The remaining and greater part of the charter is directed against abuses of the king's power as feudal superior.

David R. Brower
August, 2000             

 

Entries:

Second Magna Carta Project--The Inevitable Decline and Fall of Empire--By Errol Nelson

Magna Carta--Earth Proclamation & Magna Carta of the Rainbow Warriors of the 21st Century--By Rose Liberté