Digger Radicalism and Agrarian Capitalism

Digger Radicalism and Agrarian Capitalism Historical Materialism , volume 14:3 (113–143) © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2006 Also available online – www.brill.nl Geoff Kennedy Digger Radicalism and Agrarian Capitalism Introduction On 20 April 1649, at the height of the English Revolution, Gerrard Winstanley and William Everard were taken to London to stand before Lord Fairfax, leader of the Parliamentary Army, in order to explain to him the reasoning behind the creation of their D i g g e r c o l o n y. R e c o g n i s i n g n e i t h e r r a n k n o r hierarchy, both men refused to remove their hats in the presence of the Lord. Reassuring Fairfax that the ‘Diggers’ sought not to level existing enclosures, they nonetheless declared that the earth would be transformed into a ‘common treasury’ in order to provide for the subsistence needs of all the people of England. That same day, fifteen men, Winstanley and Everard among them, signed their names to a broad-sheet entitled The True Levellers Standard Advanced . In this text, the authors declared that they would refuse to sell their labour for hire, in order http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Historical Materialism Brill

Digger Radicalism and Agrarian Capitalism

Historical Materialism, Volume 14 (3): 113 – Jan 1, 2006

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© 2006 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1465-4466
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10.1163/156920606778531789
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Historical Materialism , volume 14:3 (113–143) © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2006 Also available online – www.brill.nl Geoff Kennedy Digger Radicalism and Agrarian Capitalism Introduction On 20 April 1649, at the height of the English Revolution, Gerrard Winstanley and William Everard were taken to London to stand before Lord Fairfax, leader of the Parliamentary Army, in order to explain to him the reasoning behind the creation of their D i g g e r c o l o n y. R e c o g n i s i n g n e i t h e r r a n k n o r hierarchy, both men refused to remove their hats in the presence of the Lord. Reassuring Fairfax that the ‘Diggers’ sought not to level existing enclosures, they nonetheless declared that the earth would be transformed into a ‘common treasury’ in order to provide for the subsistence needs of all the people of England. That same day, fifteen men, Winstanley and Everard among them, signed their names to a broad-sheet entitled The True Levellers Standard Advanced . In this text, the authors declared that they would refuse to sell their labour for hire, in order

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