I had to hunt for a post to use in Project August because some people (I’m looking at you regular readers) still refuse to help me. And after I found a post to which I wanted to respond, I realized the post is basically a column taken from The American Prospect, which means using it for Project August is a bit of a cheat. In my defense, I did not realize the true nature of the post until after I started working on this entry. Anyway, the author of the column seems to have used the old “I can knock down a straw man so you must be ignorant” bit. Fair warning, I am going to basically shred this person’s argument. Ready? Here we go. Continue reading
Archive for rights
In a previous post I mentioned the oft used “if you think X should not be illegal then I guess you’re okay with murder” argument. There is a notion out there in the political ether that libertarians who oppose certain laws are just foolish anarchists who want all laws abolished. While some libertarians are anarchists, most, if not the vast majority of them, are not. “You don’t get to pick and choose which laws are obeyed/enforced,” is the general reply to that. “For if everyone only followed/enforced the laws they liked, that would make the law ineffectual and impotent.” Perhaps, but insisting we have an obligation to obey any and all man-made laws makes the law a tyrannic oppressor rather than a protector of rights. Protecting rights is the true purpose of just laws. Continue reading
After reading about how New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg apparently wants President Obama and Presidential candidate Mitt Romney to start committing to gun control laws, Continue reading
Day 2 of answering questions posed by Diane Owens.
What is something that is universal to ALL human beings?
And of course, my libertarian philosophy prompts me to say also that there are fundamental rights that all humans have. All humans, not just the ones who are citizens of the U.S. Which is to say, rights are not privileges granted or revoked by a government.
Rights are something all humans have, above or prior to government. Which is to say, government cannot give them to us and it cannot take them away. Yes, a government can infringe on the liberty to exercise one’s rights, but the rights remain regardless of government policy or action. Which means something a government grants you as a privilege to do or to have is not a right. For example, voting is not a right. Voting is a privilege.
And all humans having these rights means even the humans we do not like have them. Racists have them. Fascists have them. Socialists have them. Murderers have them. Terrorists have them. Even the rude people who talk during movies in the cinema have them.
I know this will annoy people of certain political philosophies, but fundamental is the right of property. At the heart of the philosophy in which I believe, is the concept that a person owns himself. Other rights stem from this. And the notion that I do not have the right to infringe your rights also stems from this.
I know this is a subject which people have argued for several hundred years, and maybe you, O reader, disagree with me. But this is my answer to the question. Self-ownership, and therefore basic human rights, belong to all human beings universally. No human has more rights or less rights than any other human.