Inherent human rights
'Right to Health Care'. Inherent human rights are negative,
natural rights. However, some people believe that human beings have
positive rights, that is, a right to have something provided
to one by society, by the community, such as medical treatment, an education,
etc. But this implies that one has a right to demand others to
provide such things. Thus, if you have a right to medical treatment,
then, obviously your neighbors are obligated to provide it to you.
You see, these artificial positive rights actually contradict our
negative, natural rights. With the individuals natural
right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, one has a right
to seek medical treatment, and engage in voluntary associations with
others, doctors, nutritionists, etc. It also includes the right to not
associate with others with whom one does not want to associate. The
individuals right to self-ownership, the right to own ones
own life, includes the right to not be violated or enslaved by others.
That includes the right to live ones life and not be ordered by
others to participate in some group medical or insurance scheme against
- Know Your Rights Episode 1: The Three Big Things You Need to Know. Put it on a card: (1) I do not consent to searches of any kind, (2) I do not answer questions without a lawyer present, (3) Am I being detained or am I free to go? Different versions on (2) I am not answering any questions, and I want to speak to an attorney, (3) I do not agree to stay here with you for any reason. Are you detaining me or am I free to go?
- Liberty & Equality. when talking about equality, there
are two different central conceptions. The first is formal equality,
equality that comes from the form of institutions. An example of formal
equality is equality before the law: all laws apply equally to everyone.
Formal equality is a central tenet of the classical liberal tradition,
and compatible with individual liberty. But a second conception of
equality is material, or substantive, equality. Material equality
holds that people ought to be equal in material respects, such as
wealth or resources. Material equality poses real challenges to classical
liberalism, and according to Otteson, also faces challenges of its
own. Otteson outlines three major challenges to material equality:
first, it may be impossible, both to measure, and to achieve. Second,
material equality interferes with human diversity. Humans have different
talents, different interests, and different values, which in a free
society get reflected in a range of goods & activities that individuals
acquire and pursue. To try to enforce some kind of material equality
would mean interfering with this diversity. That leads to the third
problem, which is that material equality interferes with human dignity.
Part of what it means to have human dignity is to have the capacity
and the freedom to make choices. These choices are reflected in the
way we live our lives; to respect the free choices that people make
is to respect their dignity. Enforcing material equality would necessarily
interfere with the free choices that people make.
The American Form of Government. There are five forms of government:
Monarchy/Dictatorship (rule by one), Oligarchy (rule by the few--the
most common), Democracy (rule by the many), Republic (rule by law--without
law there can be no freedom), and Anarchy (rule by no one). It is
a Republic (rule of law)--neither a Democracy (tyranny of the many)
or Oligarchy (tyranny of the elite). The essence of freedom is the
proper limitation of government. Under
Obama the US Presidency is Becoming an Executive Dictatorship.
- "[T]he government of the United States is a definite government,
confined to specified objects. It is not like the state governments,
whose powers are more general." --James Madison
- "A government big enough to give you everything you need, is
a government big enough to take away everything that you have."
- "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people,
it is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." --John
Adams, 2nd President of the United States.
- Niall Ferguson: The
6 killer apps to prosperity. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2011, July
2011, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Duration: 20:20.) The 6 "killer
apps" are: (1) Competition (formation of companies), (2) The
scientific revolution, (3) Property rights (rule of law), (4) Modern
medicine, (5) The consumer society (vs bare necessities), (6) The
Movie) AGENDA: Grinding America Down. Roots to Communism in all
Milton Friedman - Persuasion vs Coercion. Posted 1/7/2011. Coercion
is when it is done by force. Persuasion is coercion when the choice
is reduced to one, as in the former Soviet Union. Most people would
rather have their own mind made up for them. See also: An
Anarchist, Economic Collapse & 7 billion Chimpanzees. Posted
10/13/2012. Doug Casey's philosophy and on money. Most people are
ignorant and apathetic (the "I don't know and I don't care"
types). [They would rather have someone else do the thinking for them.]
Two types of people who desire change in society: those who use persuasion
(i.e. religious types) and those who use coercion (i.e. the governmental