Magna Carta 's Symbolic Insignificance

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Magna Carta’s Symbolic Insignificance The Magna Carta’s widespread sentiment is drawn from a lack of understanding, the extravagant use of the charter neglects its archaic and specifically British medieval heritage. In legal and political history, there is a dispute as to whether Magna Carta represents the principled protection of human liberty or rather is a pragmatic declaration of baronial rights. The charter as a medieval text, if read narrowly within the grievances of a specific class displeased with King John, is simply an interesting artefact stipulating privileges endowed to the elite and are in the interests of aristocracy. This contextualised analysis of the Magna Carta, reveals that many of its historical factors indicate “it was the product of a particular historical situation. ” The concept of ‘liberties’ embedded within the Charter, relies on feudal customs, meaning that a superior can remove rights for just cause. Therefore, universal inherent or civic rights cannot be attributed to the Magna Carta without historical plausibility. Rather, the charter laid out the terms for concession to a select group of nobles to use their feudal rights as they saw fit. Furthermore, the charter is specifically designed for English circumstance. Of the four articles that have not been repealed, two are not relevant to Australia. Chapter 1 is devoted to keeping the English church free, which has no implication in Australia where there is no established church. While chapter 9 is dedicated to upholding the liberties of London, which Australia cannot legally enforce and is largely irrelevant. Therefore Magna Carta is an artefact which has been indiscriminately applied symbolically to rights issues in Australia, without considering... ... middle of paper ... ...n countries like Syria and North Korea. In the past, the knowledge of genocides and injustices were limited and broadcasting was not readily available in many instances. Digital and social media have highlighted the civil rights issues that infect humanity. ISIS has maliciously used the internet to share their gruesome atrocities the terrorist organisation perpetuates in Syria, such as public beheading and attacks. It is our duty as Australians to become motivators and combatants in the fight for humankind against the forces that threaten the realised, even though inaccurate, principles of the Magna Carta. Despite the Magna Carta lacking its original symbolism within its historic context, and has a negligible legal impact on Australians, this battle against oppression and injustice gives the 800 year-old charter a contemporary and perhaps more significant meaning.

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