In 1646, the political thinker Richard Overton penned a pamphlet which asserted the inalienable rights of the individual.
It was a key moment in the development of liberal thought.
‘No man has power over my rights and liberties, and I over no man’s... For by natural birth all men are equally and alike born to like propriety, liberty and freedom.’
Reprinted here is Overton’s bold pamphlet, with an introduction by Ian Gadd, Professor of English Literature at Bath Spa University.
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