The Levellers offered a concrete programme
3rd August 2018
All men were born with certain equal and indefeasible natural rights:
lordship was of man’s making , not God’s.
The people were sovereign, and all “free” men should join, every two years at least, in electing their representatives to Parliament.
All must be equal before the law, and justice should be done in local courts by popularly elected magistrates.
Social and economic privilege of every kind must be abolished.
The Levellers, in fact, preached radical,primitive democracy which they believed to have actually existed in England before the Norman Conquest
“What were the Lords of England but William the Conqueror’s colonels, or the barons but hois majors,or the knioghts but his captains ?”
“Ye have men amongst you as fit to govern as others to be removed. with a word ye can create new officers.
The safety of the people is above all law”. The Levellers Press 1647
Cromwell reasserted his authority and dismissed the Agitators to their units.
But this did not prevent two regiments from mutinying.
Cromwell rode at the mutineers with his sword drawn as if he would cow them singlehanded – as he almost did.
The Levellers was a political movement during the English Civil War (1642–1651).
It was committed to popular sovereignty, extended suffrage, equality before the law and religious tolerance