Governments often claim residents have given away certain rights in exchange for protection. People describing them self as anarchists sometimes claim
your rights can be given up in a contract where the other side may beat you up or some such thing. But, few people would say you should be allowed to
sell your self into absolute slavery for the rest of your life in exchange for any amount of money.
Here would be the extremely minor side: In boxing, someone contracts the right for another person to hit him in exchange for a prize if he comes out
the winner of the fight. Another minor example would be as part of an experiment a subject allows them self to be burned with a 2nd degree burn as
part of a dermatology test to see how well a certain burn treatment would work.
Here would be a couple examples in the major extreme: A billionaire hunter who offers $1,000,000.00 in prize money to any man who subjects himself to
a hunting contest. The contestant will be shot and killed by the hunter if the hunter can find and kill him. If he lives for more than four hours, he
collects the $1,000,000 prize. Another major example would be selling your self for an inescapable 50 year contract where you work in exchange for
$700,000.00 at the end of the contract. Your family would get the money if you die first, but if you try to escape your agree that you can be
kidnapped and re-enslaved.
I believe the majority of people would claim that certain rights are waived when the government is involved. For example, when you are pulled over,
the police can put you in jail if you say you don't have a drivers license at all. If not a majority of people support this, certainly a large
So, under what circumstances can you give away your rights? This is an open-ended survey question with no set answers. This is an issue I am undecided
on, so that is why I'm looking for ideas on this concept.
Here is a list of commonly accepted rights, that not everyone necessarily accepts as a right:
The right to freedom of expression.
The right to freedom of religion.
The right to life.
The right to quit any job.
The right to remain silent.
The right to self-defense.
Here are a list of less commonly accepted rights, or at least what some people claim to be rights:
The right to own property. (not a universally accepted right)
The right to own weaponry.
The right to report any news story using any words (censorship outside USA is common).
The right to work.
The right to food.
The right to health care.
The question is: Can you give up your rights? If so, which ones? What circumstances.
This is a survey question, so all opinions on this are welcome and harsh criticism is strongly discouraged!
edit on 1-3-2016 by centarix
because: Clarified that I'm not claiming what is a right and what isn't to keep the focus on when we can give up rights.