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The Monitor's View Of kings, lawmakers, and 'we the people'

Just as the world celebrates Magna Carta, the Supreme Court rules that popular referendums can, in effect, be the same as a legislature. The search for a natural law of self-governance goes on.

Photo by Kevin Wolf/Invision for Seneca Women/AP Images

On June 15, the West celebrated the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta. This “great charter,” forced on an English king by his barons, began the modern search for a natural law that would allow people to govern themselves as equals and in harmony. 

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