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Contributing editor/Columnist for VICE.comAntiwar.comRare.us, Playboy.com and Editor in Chief of The Stag Blog.
Sheldon Richman, author of America's Counter-Revolution: The Constitution Revisited, keeps the blog Free Association and is affiliated with the Center for a Stateless Society both as chair of the trustees and as a senior fellow. You can support his blog at Patreon.

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  • It’s been said that monarchy evolved into a system that allows for the people to “participate” through some other chosen people that “represent” the rest of society. So, they say democracy is the government “of the people”. Whereas monarchy does not represent the people. Today those concepts are questioned, to the point that many will argue that democracy is a fraud and that it is just another form of government which is inherently flawed and hypocritical. The debate is open…

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  • Tomorrow, in celebration of the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta, FIJA will be venturing into online broadcasting via an app called Periscope. I’m going to be talking about legal cases and documents in jury history in which the Magna Carta was cited or otherwise involved. I’m thinking we’ll do a Magna Carta on the 8s kind of thing like the Weather Channel, with a short broadcast once an hour at 8 minutes past the hour throughout the day. I am looking for any topic suggestions for things I could cover. So far I plan to discuss the trials of John Lilburne, William Penn and William Mead, and John Peter Zenger, Lysander Spooner’s take on the Magna Carta in his essay on Trial by Jury, and the Magna Carta’s influence on the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights. Any additional suggestions would be most welcome, especially those that are less centered on England and the United States. The key element that is relevant here is that all examples should have to do with juries and the Magna Carta. Thank you!

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