The fraud of Magna Carta: let feudal oligarchs wage private civil wars

Webster G. Tarpley | 16 June 2015

The fraud of Magna Carta 2015: the often-suppressed paragraph 61 gave twenty-five feudal barons the right to wage civil war against the crown, thus sanctioning endless private warfare, the greatest scourge of Europe before the coming of the modern state

Inclined to believe that the Magna Carta was really a charter of liberties for the English people? Guess again. The rights enumerated are mainly those of predatory feudal barons. These rights included the right to wage bloody civil war against the king, killing anybody and everybody except the sovereign, the queen, and their children. Check to see if the version you are reading includes the infamous paragraph 61, the civil war enabling clause, which is usually omitted from politically correct texts:

(61) SINCE WE HAVE GRANTED ALL THESE THINGS for God, for the better ordering of our kingdom, and to allay the discord that has arisen between us and our barons, and since we desire that they shall be enjoyed in their entirety, with lasting strength, for ever, we give and grant to the barons the following security: The barons shall elect twenty-five of their number to keep, and cause to be observed with all their might, the peace and liberties granted and confirmed to them by this charter. If we, our chief justice, our officials, or any of our servants offend in any respect against any man, or transgress any of the articles of the peace or of this security, and the offence is made known to four of the said twenty-five barons, they shall come to us – or in our absence from the kingdom to the chief justice – to declare it and claim immediate redress. If we, or in our absence abroad the chief justice, make no redress within forty days, reckoning from the day on which the offence was declared to us or to him, the four barons shall refer the matter to the rest of the twenty-five barons, who may distrain upon and assail us in every way possible, with the support of the whole community of the land, by seizing our castles, lands, possessions, or anything else saving only our own person and those of the queen and our children, until they have secured such redress as they have determined upon. Having secured the redress, they may then resume their normal obedience to us. Any man who so desires may take an oath to obey the commands of the twenty-five barons for the achievement of these ends, and to join with them in assailing us to the utmost of his power. We give public and free permission to take this oath to any man who so desires, and at no time will we prohibit any man from taking it. Indeed, we will compel any of our subjects who are unwilling to take it to swear it at our command. If one of the twenty-five barons dies or leaves the country, or is prevented in any other way from discharging his duties, the rest of them shall choose another baron in his place, at their discretion, who shall be duly sworn in as they were. In the event of disagreement among the twenty-five barons on any matter referred to them for decision, the verdict of the majority present shall have the same validity as a unanimous verdict of the whole twenty-five, whether these were all present or some of those summoned were unwilling or unable to appear. The twenty-five barons shall swear to obey all the above articles faithfully, and shall cause them to be obeyed by others to the best of their power. We will not seek to procure from anyone, either by our own efforts or those of a third party, anything by which any part of these concessions or liberties might be revoked or diminished. Should such a thing be procured, it shall be null and void and we will at no time make use of it, either ourselves or through a third party.

— From the “English Translation of Magna Carta of 2015”, British Museum Library, emphasis added

If we recall that the incessant private armed conflicts among the feudal nobility was the most destructive feature of medieval civilization, far worse than any royal abuse of power by weak feudal monarchs, we can see the vast fraud perpetrated on the modern world by the Magna Carta myth. Compared to feudal private warfare, the absolutism of Giangaleazzo Visconti, Louis XI, or Henry VII looked like a god-send.

Among the sanitizers of the Magna Carta who omit Paragraph 61 as revealed by a cursory check, we found the US National Archives and Records Administration (

The Constitution Society has paragraph 61 (, as does Fordham University (

CNN, NPR, and countless media outlets omit any mention of the civil war enabling clause. In any case, the barons’ idea of liberty coincides with the ideas of Rand Paul, the Koch brothers, and so many neofeudal oligarchs.

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