The English Diggers, the “Commons,” and the Green New Deal | Portside

In April of 1649 a group of radicals, some veterans of the recent English civil wars, occupied a bit of common grass on a plot known as St. George’s Hill in Surrey and they began to grow vegetables. These radicals called themselves “True Levellers” to distinguish themselves from another, more moderate political faction, but everybody else called them “Diggers” in reference to both a scriptural passage as well as their literal activity on the hill.

Source: The English Diggers, the “Commons,” and the Green New Deal | Portside

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