Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

More on the Literal Existence (or Not) of Rights .

Reader Anthony sent me links to two QandO Blog posts on the question of the reality of "natural rights." The first one is The Right in My Garage, and the second is Natural Rights? Anthony thought they were an interesting adjunct to my own post on the topic, What is a "Right?" from near the inception of this blog, and I have to agree with him. I also have a post, An Interesting Email Exchange, where Swen Swenson of (the now apparently defunct) blog Coyote at the Dog Show discussed the "reality" of rights.

So if this topic interests you, there's some extensive reading to keep you occupied. Be sure and read the comments at QandO Blog too. Thanks for the heads-up, Anthony. Those were interesting reads.

(Sorry for the lack of posting, but I've been busy, and I'm doing a lot of reading and thinking lately. Not so much inspiration for posting as of yet.)

UPDATE: D'OH! I forgot to link to the post that started this latest round, Dean Esmay's The Genesis of Rights. Good post, and good comments.

Updated again, 3/11: I just remembered this post from July of last year, It's Not All Faith, on this same topic. Before Sarah started blogging over at Carnaby Fudge, she sent me an email on her take on the origin of rights, and I replied to it.

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