Natural Rights 101
by, 05-04-2011 at 12:41 PM (994 Views)
We need to recruit more people to our side. I hope this article I wrote (also on my blog) will be useful. Share it with as many as you wish.
Critiques are welcome, btw.
Finish Reading the Article Here
Rights are one of those terms that have been so abused that it is generally meaningless without qualification(s). Many people- politicians included- are quite fond of arbitrarily designating something as a right. Unfortunately, this tends to be based on whimsy wishes rather than a solid and consistent concept of rights.
As principles which define when it is moral to use force, rights leave nothing untouched in the arena of politics. Our views on income taxes, toilet regulations, pollution, and every other imaginable issue are affected by what we think rights are. Thus, it is crucial for each one of us to give this issue careful thought.
A right is the sovereignty to act or control. That is, a right is something over which you have absolute jurisdiction; no other person or group of persons have any legitimate grounds to exercise control.