Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Burford Levellers Day

Levellers Day (Burford, Oxon - from 10.30am)

Saturday, 14 May  - 10:30am - 3:30pm

Venue: Burford Recreation Ground, Burford, Oxfordshire
Directions: Just off the A40 and about 18 miles west of Oxford

The party will have a stall at this event

The World Turned Upside Down

The English Civil War was not fought to establish democracy, but the war and the ideas it unleashed gave rise to a movement called the Levellers. One of the many demands that the Levellers made was a demand for manhood suffrage. This alone made them revolutionary, regardless of any other ideas they held. The whole idea was outrageous to the 17th century. General Ireton summed up the fears of the ruling classes when he claimed that political democracy would lead to economic democracy. This fear has not yet been realised.

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