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, July 08, 2008

Still MORE on "What is a Right?"

Still MORE on "What is a Right?"

A new (to me) blogger at a new (to me) blog, Gun Values Board, linked to my recent CNN post, and through that link I found an interesting piece by Sailorcurt at Captain of a Crew of One: First time for everything. Curt says:
If your only argument is "that's not a right because it's not in the Constitution", all I have to do is show you the 9th Amendment and your argument goes out the window.

So...what DOES constitute a right?

It's very simple really. A right is something that you can do, obtain, produce or provide that does not infringe upon another's rights and requires no outside intervention for you to do so.
That's a different approach than I took in the eight-part "What is a Right?" series over there


on the left sidebar, but he makes a good argument for his position.

It's interesting (to me) that discussions of this type are still going on 200+ years after the ratification of the Constitution.

Thanks for the link, Nancy!

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