Post by !Jones
On Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:11:56 -0500, in talk.politics.guns RD Sandman
Bullshit. No right is absolute and if you aren't a citizen of or in the
US, its laws and protections don't apply to you either.
That would be inconsistent with what most people mean when they say "a
"right" around so casually? Have you ever defined it?
You bring up the idea of a "law"; is a "right", then, a law?
What, exactly, is a "human right"?
A right is the sovereignty to act without the permission of others. The
concept of a right carries with it an implicit, unstated footnote: you may
exercise your rights as long as you do not violate the same rights of
anotherwithin this context, rights are an absolute.
A right is universalmeaning: it applies to all men, not just to a few.
There is no such thing as a "right" for one man, or a group of men, that is
not possessed by all. This means there are no special "rights" unique to
women or men, blacks or white, the elderly or the young, homosexuals or
heterosexuals, the rich or the poor, doctors or patients or any other
A right must be exercised through your own initiative and action. It is not
a claim on others. A right is not actualized and implemented by the actions
of others. This means you do not have the right to the time in another
persons life. You do not have a right to other peoples money. You do not
have the right to another persons property. If you wish to acquire some
money from another person, you must earn itthen you have a right to it. If
you wish to gain some benefit from the time of another persons life, you
must gain it through the voluntary cooperation of that individualnot
through coercion. If you wish to possess some item of property of another
individual, you must buy it on terms acceptable to the ownernot gain it
Alone in a wilderness, the concept of a right would never occur to you,
even though in such isolation you have the right to life, liberty and the
pursuit of happiness. In this solitude, you would be free to take the
actions needed to sustain your life: hunt for food, grow crops, build a
shelter and so on. If a hundred new settlers suddenly arrive in your area
and establish a community, you do not gain any additional rights by living
in such a society nor do you lose any; you simply retain the same rights
you possessed when you were alone.
A right defines what you may do without the permission of those other men
and it erects a moral and legal barrier across which they may not cross. It
is your protection against those who attempt to forcibly take some of your
lifes time, your money or property.
Animals do not have rights. Rights only apply to beings capable of thought,
capable of defining rights and creating an organized meansgovernmentof
protecting such rights. Thus, a fly or mosquito does not possess rights of
any kind, including the right to life. You may swat a fly or mosquito,
killing them both. You do not have the right to do the same to another
human being, except in self-defense. You may own and raise cows, keep them
in captivity and milk them for all they are worth. You do not have the
right to do the same to other men, although that is what statists
effectively do to you.
There is only one, fundamental right, the right to lifewhich is: the
sovereignty to follow your own judgment, without anyones permission, about
the actions in your life. All other rights are applications of this right
to specific contexts, such as property and freedom of speech.
The right to property is the right to take the action needed to create
and/or earn the material means needed for living. Once you have earned it,
then that particular property is yourswhich means: you have the right to
control the use and disposal of that property. It may not be taken from you
or used by others without your permission.
Freedom of speech is the right to say anything you wish, using any medium
of communication you can afford. It is not the responsibility of others to
pay for some means of expression or to provide you with a platform on which
to speak. If a newspaper or television station refuses to allow you to
express your views utilizing their property, your right to freedom of
speech has not been violated and this is not censorship. Censorship is a
concept that only applies to government action, the action of forcibly
forbidding and/or punishing the expression of certain ideas.
Statists have corrupted the actual meaning of a right and have converted
it, in the minds of most, into its opposite: into a claim on the life of
another. With the growth of statism, over the past few decades, we have
seen an explosion of these "rights"which, in fact, have gradually eroded
your actual right to your life, money and property.
Statists declare you have a "right" to housing, to a job, to health care,
to an education, to a minimum wage, to preferential treatment if you are a
minority and so on. These "rights" are all a claim, a lien, on your life
and the lives of others. These "rights" impose a form of involuntary
servitude on you and others. These "rights" force you to pay for someones
housing, their health care, their education, for training for a joband, it
forces others to provide special treatment for certain groups and to pay
Under statism, "rights" are a means of enslavement: it places a mortgage on
your lifeand statists are the mortgage holders, on the receiving end of
unearned payments forcibly extracted from your life and your earnings. You
do not have a right to your life, others do. Others do not have a right to
their lives, either, but you have a "right" to theirs. Such a concept of
"rights" forcibly hog-ties everyone to everyone else, making everyone a
slave to everyone elseexcept for those masters, statist politicians, who
pull the strings and crack the whips.
Actual rightsthose actions to which you are entitled by your nature as
mangive you clear title to your life. A right is your declaration of
independence. A statist "right" is their declaration of your dependence on
others and other's dependence on you. Until these bogus "rights" are
repudiated, your freedom to live your life as you see fit will continue to
It's time for the students to step up their game and kill people like
Siri Cruise <***@yahoo.com> April 25, 2017