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The Myth of Universal Human Rights – Part 1

Introduction “In proportion to the want of happiness resulting from the want of rights, a reason exists for wishing that there were such things as rights. But reasons for wishing there were such things as rights, are not rights — a reason for wishing that a certain right were established, is not that right— want … Continue reading

The Myth of Universal Human Rights — Part 2

Wars and the Efficacy of Human Rights  “Right is the child of law; from real laws come real rights, but from imaginary law, from ‘laws of nature’, come imaginary rights. Natural rights are simple nonsense, natural and imprescriptible rights rhetorical nonsense, nonsense upon stilts.” – Jeremy Bentham Why Human Rights Are Not Legal Rights As … Continue reading

The Myth of Universal Human Rights — Part 3

Universal Human Rights and the Third Estate “Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good to themselves, than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest.” – John Stuart Mill   Taking the Universe out of Universal Human Rights The concern in this essay is with the … Continue reading

The Myth of Universal Human Rights — Part 4

Rights, Respect, and Responsibility “I hold it to be the inalienable right of anybody to go to hell in his own way.” – Robert Frost Nature’s Law and Murphy’s Law In his 1992 book, A Nation of Victims: The Decay of the American Character, Charles Syke analyzes the consequences of America’s decline into a “no-fault” and … Continue reading

The Myth of Universal Human Rights — Part 5

Making The Economy in the Service of Man   “Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under socialism, the reverse is true.” – Polish Proverb    “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”  – Winston Churchill   The Uninvited Third Party It … Continue reading