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Jack L.B. Gohn: Magna Carta — accidental and cautionary

Eight hundred years ago this month, at a spot that now looks up at a glide path for jets coming into Heathrow from the west, England’s King John signed a parchment of some approximately 3600 words of Latin. Today we call the parchment Magna Carta (“great charter”). It didn’t have that name at the outset, ...

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