posted on Mar, 21 2012 @ 03:21 AM
Originally posted by jude11
A "Human Right" is whatever a human desires to do with their life as long as it does not harm others in doing so.
That is not my own definition of the concept.
I define rights as only having explicit existence, within the context of the State. That is, if you don't have a centralised government, you don't
have explicit rights, because you don't need them. A right is a specifically defined exception, to what is otherwise universal and omnipotent
governmental power, (in practice; I'm not talking about how I'd like
things to be, here) which individuals require in order to
I view government as a firewall for human freedom, with a deny by default
that analogy, the Bill of Rights is basically a whitelist. The Constitution might say that any governmental powers not explicitly listed, default
back to the people, but unfortunately that has almost always been garbage in practice. The current American government isn't even willing to allow
people the rights that the Constitution does