America Rights?

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 13 Dec 2009 21:44:50 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

L. Neil Smith at The Libertarian Enterprise - a good screed on rights.

No one has to earn his rights. No matter how many puffed up monarchs and tin-pot dictators suppressed them, no matter how many centuries they have been suppressed, no matter how many millennia, they represent his natural state of being, his by virtue of his existence.

None of this is about what you and I are allowed to do, it's about what the government is not allowed to do. Properly--as Barack Obama recently lamented--all rights are negative, in that they derive from a single basic right, as Robert LeFevre put it, not to be molested.

To be left the hell alone.

Any "rights" that impose any kind of obligation on anybody else to do anything at all except leave you alone, are not properly rights, but government-granted privileges and entitlements--a license to make slaves of whoever provides the goodies--exactly the kind of corrupt, abusive practice that most Americans fought the Revolution to abolish.


Both conservatives and liberals are dedicated to one form of socialism or another--right wing socialism or left wing socialism--and both are more than willing to lie, cheat, steal, and murder in order to advance their collectivist agendas. Only the excuses differ, the pablum mouthed by the left most frequently being "social justice" and the pablum of the right being "national security", for the sake of which either of them will cheerfully kill you and cook you and eat you.

That people can no sooner expect to achieve profound and lasting individual liberty under conservative rule than under "progressives" should be excruciatingly obvious in this Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama epoch.

Add comment Edit post Add post

Comments (1):

This is so true, both

Submitted by CabotAR on Mon, 14 Dec 2009 00:08:09 GMT

This is so true, both political parties are no longer representing us...they only represent big government/business. The price is the loss of our rights & our children continually being killed in foreign wars.

Finally, someone did just write a great book about a small town that stands up to federal tyranny & ends up starting the 2nd American Revolution. It's a thriller & insightful of what is happening in America. Power to the People!! Read it & see what's nxt for all of us.

Edit comment