Skip to comments.Group Rights Without Responsibilities
Posted on 06/29/2010 8:42:07 AM PDT by bs9021
Group Rights Without Responsibilities Malcolm A. Kline, June 29, 2010
Academics rarely try to explain why the human condition has not improved while they are busily trying to archive the U. S. Constitution and introduce us to a panoply of rights.
Take any barometer you care tothe trend line in out-of-wedlock births, divorce rates or homicides. Add in more recent phenomenon such as drive-by shootings and serial killings to say nothing of the poverty rate before and after such spasms of government activity as the New Deal and the Great Society.
These new group rights were conspicuously not attached to obligations, Claremont McKenna College professor Charles R. Kessler pointed out in a lecture at Hillsdale College on February 1, 2010. The old rightsthe individual rights of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitutionhad come bound up with duties.
The right to life or the right to liberty implied a duty not to take away someone elses life or someone elses liberty. The new rights, on the other hand, had no corresponding dutiesexcept perhaps to pay your taxes. The new rights pointed to a kind of moral anarchy in which rights without obligations became the currency of the realmin which rights, understood as putative claims on resources, were effectively limited only by other, stronger such claims. The result was, at best, an equilibrium of countervailing power....
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There's always that.
But if I had my wishes, our military would have everything it needs. We would have good highways, secure borders, and the academics could go pound sand.
Excellent analysis well articulated.