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Comment: It doesn't need to be valid contract.

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It doesn't need to be valid contract.

Rights are taken, not given IMO. You want to get philosophical and say they are endowed by a creator or come from some natural law, then perhaps there is an argument for that, but in the end Rights belong to those that actually take them and maintain them. A king need not give such rights for them to exist, and they may not exist even if he does. The Magna Carta has importance not because it was a contract that the govenrment is suppose to honour, but because it articulates the importance of the Rule of Law and the need to stop arbitrary power.