In reality, rights are non-existent. David Hume was one of many philosophers who demolished the notion of "natural rights".
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I could tentatively suggest that my right to bodily integrity, freedom from harm and harassment, imprisonment, etc. depend on there not being others who want to do those things to me, but since there are others like that then I need government protection against them (although, ironically, it's mostly governments that do those things!), which requires positive state-sanctioned action. One can also argue that my right to own private property is absolute and which ownership only requires the threat of punitive action by the state to maintain it, with, on rare occasion, protection by force against theft or harm.
So, in short - and I'm far from having thought this through - my natural rights could be considered those I would possess in the absence of others willing to take them away, whereas my made-up or non-natural rights would be those I can possess only by having the State intervene on my behalf pinching things from others.
Demolish theory at will ...
I was considering starting a thread on this recently so glad its here. My thread was going to concern the decades-long assault on freedom of speech by the OIC. I read today with surprise and pleasure that the OIC are now officially abandoning this effort to have the UN offically 'sanctify' Islam.
West's free speech stand bars blasphemy ban: OIC | Reuters
Sligo Today News for Sligo County - Sligo Solicitor Can Identify Anonymous Defamers
Sligo Solicitor Can Identify Anonymous Defamers.......
Why would the Plaintiff be entitlted to all the Dotster files?It is expected that there will be plenty of solicitors from all over Ireland eager to contact Mr. Tansey when he has possession of the files from Dotster Inc. Some of the solicitors will have scores to settle and will be delighted to at last positively identify their defamers and possibly extract hefty damages from them.
Quinn tells Limerick students he favours regulation of
The problem with online media, the minister said, was “its inhabitants are unaccountable and live in cyberspace. . . a playground for anonymous backstabbers”.
Mr Justice Michael Peart said the Government should introduce laws making it a criminal offence to post content on-line which was “patently untrue”.
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