The Law Of Freedom, And Other Writings

  • Title: The Law Of Freedom, And Other Writings
  • Author: Gerrard Winstanley
  • ISBN: 9780140400236
  • Page: 253
  • Format: Hardcover
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    About Gerrard Winstanley


    1. Gerrard Winstanley, the son of a mercer, was born in Wigan, Lancashire, in 1609 He moved to London in 1690 and became an apprentice in the cloth trade and became a freeman of the Merchant Taylors Company in 1637.In September 1640 Windstanley married Susan King and the couple moved to Walton on Thames The Civil War destroyed his business and Winstanley later wrote the burdens of and for the soldiery in the beginning of the war, I was beaten out of both estate and trade, and forced to accept the good will of friends, crediting of me, to live a country life Influenced by the ideas of the John Lilburne and the Levellers, Winstanley published four pamphlets in 1648 He argued that all land belonged to the community rather than to separate individuals In January, 1649, he published the The New Law of Righteousness Soon after publishing The New Law of Righteousness he established a group called the Diggers In April 1649 Winstanley, William Everard, a former soldier in the New Model Army, and about thirty followers took over some common land on St George s Hill in Surrey and sowed the ground with parsnips, carrots and beans Digger groups also took over land in Kent Cox Hill , Surrey Cobham , Buckinghamshire Iver and Northamptonshire Wellingborough Local landowners were very disturbed by these developments, and in July 1649 the government gave instructions for Winstanley to be arrested and for General Thomas Fairfax to disperse the people by force.Instructions were given for the Diggers to be beaten up and for their houses, crops and tools to be destroyed These tactics were successful and within a year all the Digger communities in England had been wiped out.Winstanley continued to argue for the redistribution of land and in 1652 published The Law of Freedom, a pamphlet in which he criticised the government of Oliver Cromwell, holding to the Anabaptist view that all institutions were by their nature corrupt He also argued for a society without money or wages.The Law of Freedom sold well and for a while Winstanley s ideas appeared popular with the English people However, the Restoration brought an end to the discussion about the way society should be organized.In 1660 Winstanley moved to Cobham and later became a Quaker and worked as a merchant in London He died on 10th September, 1676.


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    1. Any political history is incomplete without a mention of the Levellers and the Diggers of the English Civil War in the 17th century. Winstanley emerges as a character steeped in hypocrisy, the collaborative nature of the pamphlets surely lending its short, powerful demands an added emphasis. Arguing against private property more generally, these Englishmen were the first to observe the emergence of capitalism as a political issue, not merely economic discrepancy. Other than the titular pamphlet, [...]

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    2. A lovely collection of Winstanley's wonderful writings, with an excellent introduction by Christopher Hill. Full review here: resolutereader/

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