Rights being eroded

Our Natural Rights, that no government can take away, are described by John Locke below. Basically, this brilliant treatise can be amalgamated simply to the following:

Leave me and my stuff alone and I’ll do likewise to you.

“The state of nature has a law of nature to govern it, which obliges every one: and reason, which is that law, teaches all mankind, who will but consult it, that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions… (and) when his own preservation comes not in competition, ought he, as much as he can, to preserve the rest of mankind, and may not, unless it be to do justice on an offender, take away, or impair the life, or what tends to the preservation of the life, the liberty, health, limb, or goods of another”. John Locke 1689

Today, the state is doing harm to our health with its constant wars and state dominated health care system.  In recent years, our liberty is being taken away in the erosion of our first Amendment rights. And, our possessions continue to be taken via a corrupt taxing system.

Does anyone but me feel similar to me that our natural rights are in very grave danger?  Please let me know your thoughts.

 

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5 thoughts on “Rights being eroded

  1. You’re not wrong…

    The very term rights has evolved from the Lockean natural rights to the positive humanist sort. People talk, in apparent, sincerity, about a right to the Internet, to take a particularly silly example.

    Of course there can be no such right, first, because it’s lack was apparent throughout human history. And second, because its procurement requires the violation of someone else’s right, i.e. if Joe must have Internet, Jack must pay for it.

    Our pseudo-rights multiply endlessly, doing real harm to actual natural rights.

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  2. pckrpnk, you have identified a major issue facing our ever growing Federal Government and its subjects. These pseudo-rights are growing exponentially. Now, everyone has an undisputed right to a $15/hr job, a right to food, housing and healthcare subsidies , free pre-K daycare and education, K-12 education, and soon to be 2-years of community college, and tuition free state colleges. Add in Safe zones, Internet, cell phones, and the granddaddy of them all, unfunded social security and medicare.

    Each of these are growing programs and to those who pay taxes, they are placed under the threat of jail to support these pseudo-rights. It is also a tragedy there is a destruction of the wealth and well being of future generations of Americans to support the Federal behemoth. We merely need to look back at past empires to see how the story ends.

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  3. A good post and a good question.

    I had lived and worked in Berlin Germany, back when it was still West Berlin during and after the Cold War.
    Being a strong-headed younger man, I was convinced that the solution to my families woes was to have a State provide our health care. Boy, was I wrong!
    A government provided health care system is akin to eating at a fast food restaurant. Care was extremely impersonal. Costs were very high for taxpayers. Anything beyond a doctor’s office visit became a huge drama, usually ending up with hit-or-miss results. No thanks!
    Moreover, my ability to freely purchase what I wanted, travel where I wanted, partake in outdoor activities, or do anything that was deemed as fun, was also hampered to one degree or another.
    Although the war was over and the Allies won, Germany is still the bureaucratic headache that Bismark had left in place over 100 years ago.
    I drove semi-trucks through many different countries during my 11 years in Europe. Some countries were nicer than others. Some were more controlled. But, freedom is an illusion in Europe.
    After returning to the US in 1993, I found myself in a changed country. Having had personal experience under a State run society in Germany, I found America travelling head-long down the same road. Many of my friends and family hadn’t noticed. They were unaware of how the State was incrementally removing their natural (negative) rights by imposing more and more regulations (restrictions) and positive rights. Think, a frog boiling in a pot.
    In 1993 I had Democrat leanings. I quickly switched to Republican. After reading “Creature From Jekyll Island” and “What Has Government Done With Our Money”, I became libertarian. That lasted only a few months. Rothbard and Hans-Hermann Hoppe convinced me that the answer was anarcho-capitalism. No matter who wins whatever election, the country is on a set course for socialism and a fascist-corporatist run economy.
    My question is, how do we get from here to a stateless society? Most people don’t want freedom and liberty. They want to be coddled and protected from failure. The longer the current state of affairs goes on, the harder it gets to change minds. My only summation is that as life becomes more controlled and people begin to lose the ability to have fun without the State hampering their attempts, then maybe these types will wake up, as I did. Sometimes, it takes losing something before you actually value it. Hopefully, enough people will eventually value the freedoms they had lost and then, possibly then, will something positive come from all of this.

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  4. This is profound. “They want to be coddled and protected from failure. The longer the current state of affairs goes on, the harder it gets to change minds. My only summation is that as life becomes more controlled and people begin to lose the ability to have fun without the State hampering their attempts, then maybe these types will wake up, as I did. Sometimes, it takes losing something before you actually value it. Hopefully, enough people will eventually value the freedoms they had lost and then, possibly then, will something positive come from all of this”.

    I am afraid we have slid too far towards a Euro-socialist state and that to get back to Laissez-faire traditional economy and individual rights and responsibilities, it is going to be difficult to reclaim this position. I really don’t know if it is possible anymore!

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