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If You Think “Rights Don’t Exist,” You are Contributing to the Collapse of Civilization | The Daily Bell

Posted by Martin C. Fox on June 19, 2018

I don’t know where this is coming from. Maybe here.

You own yourself and private property. Two vastly misunderstood and appreciated “rights”.  Government doesn’t like these two concepts. It tells you what you can and can’t do. You rent your property subject to confiscation through taxes or failure to pay same.

Smoking your greens instead of eating the FDA approved variety could mean loss of liberty.  Just because you paid off your mortgage doesn’t mean you can keep your house.

https://www.thedailybell.com/all-articles/news-analysis/if-you-think-rights-dont-exist-you-are-contributing-to-the-collapse-of-civilization/

By Joe Jarvis

To say “I don’t believe in rights,” is like saying, “I don’t believe in language.”

Uttering the phrase contradicts your claim. Humans created language in order to constructively communicate. Language is real because people agree on the meaning of words.

In the same vein, humans created the concept of rights to facilitate peaceful human interaction. Rights are real because people agree (sometimes without realizing it) on what constitutes a right.

Even as someone utters, “rights don’t exist,” they are exercising their most basic human rights.

It is self-evident that they believe they have a right to live because they are alive. They believe they have the right to liberty; aren’t they saying what they wish to say? And haven’t they taken the time to ponder their beliefs? They have done so in their best attempt to understand the world, and thus apply that understanding to the pursuit of their own happiness…

Absolutely every peaceful action you take is your right. When an action is measurably harmful to another person, that is where rights stop…

When Thomas Jefferson wrote, “among these rights,” he was laying a foundation. Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness encapsulate every other right.

Another way of saying this is the right to self-ownership. You own yourself. That is why rights cannot extend past the point of harming others. Once your actions hurt someone, you have violated their right to self-ownership. You are no longer dealing only with your life, your liberty, and your happiness. You have affected another person’s rights. You have taken their freedom to choose what happens to their most precious property, their own being.

Thomas Jefferson borrowed this concept from John Locke who wrote that the basic human rights are “life, liberty, and property.” Locke also wrote elsewhere extensivelyabout just how important it is for a human to have the unrestricted ability to pursue happiness.

The necessity of pursuing happiness [is] the foundation of liberty.  As therefore the highest perfection of intellectual nature lies in a careful and constant pursuit of true and solid happiness; so the care of ourselves, that we mistake not imaginary for real happiness, is the necessary foundation of our liberty.

I suspect Jefferson’s marketing instincts made him change the wording. You always want to appeal to emotion if you want people on your side. Happiness sounds less greedy than property. And yet not only are property and the pursuit of happiness the exact same thing. Locke and Jefferson were four times redundant.

Life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and property are all the exact same thing. And as we’ll see, these concepts have other synonyms as well…

Life

Your body is yours. Your life is yours to live…

Liberty

What right does a man have to stop you from taking an action? Only the right to stop you from taking an action which harms him…

The Pursuit of Happiness

Why would you ever try to stop a person from pursuing their own happiness? A civilized person would not…

Property

You believe in the right to property…

Individual rights are the foundation of everything we hold dear. They form the bedrock of human interaction, meant to ensure to the best ability of humans, that all men and women are created equal, and have the right to do anything and everything they wish, in the course of determining their own destiny…

Be seeing you

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