Busy day. So here, just for fun, and woefully incomplete, are a list of “rights” recently discovered. Remember: there can be no rights without responsibilities. If you invoke a right, you imply a responsibility. The real question is then who has the responsibility. The question can never be what had the responsibility, because inanimate objects are powerless.
Thus, “governments” cannot have a responsibility because these are fictions, they are groupings and gatherings of men. The burden is always to identify which men have the responsibility.
Some of these are almost certainly not meant to be “rights” in the philosophic sense, but modern people are so used to speaking in terms of “rights” that they use the term indiscriminately.
- United Nations Report Declares Internet Access a Human Right. Who will pay for it remains unknown.
- Young people have the right to a job!. Who will fund these jobs remains unknown.
- People Have A Right To Access Their Own Genetic Information. Testing is expensive. Who pays?
- Court Rules People Have a Right to Lie About Receiving Military Medals. A California-based court, naturally.
- Obese have right to two airline seats. But only if these fat people are Canadian.
- Poor People Have The Right To Eat Healthy Too! Because, after all, rich people force the poor to eat badly.
- Right to Health Care. Translation: people have a right to force others to pay to remove their ingrown toenails, etc.
- The Right to a Living Wage. Translation: you don’t get to decide what to pay for somebody’s service, a bureaucracy does.
- The Human Right to Health. Notice that this is not health care but health. Meaning that whenever somebody falls ill, the fault belongs to whoever has the largest wallet.
- Your Right to Time Off Work. Meaning that if you are an employer, you must pay for people not to work for you.
- Right to College Education. No word about a “right” to the brains to be able to complete a college education.
- Right to a Stress-Free Work Environment . Good grief!
- All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights…When children are born, they are free and each should be treated in the same way. The first of the UN declaration. Should mom treat her new daughter and her neighbor’s daughter “the same way”?
- Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. If it is my political opinion that Die Endösung should be re-implemented and I take steps to make it so, should I receive all freedoms?
- Right to food. Filet mignon for all?
- Right To Water and Sanitation. Clean sewage for all!
- Right to Happiness? Who’ll foot the bill for your joy? Which is not identical with the right to the pursuit of happiness.