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Response to discntnt_irny_srcsm (Original post)

Sun Mar 15, 2015, 09:06 AM

1. I do not understand the benefit of a right that one cannot enforce.

Jefferson, who owned slaves, including his own children, wrote of "certain inalienable rights," inalienable meaning something you cannot sell or give away, even if you wish to do so and something that cannot be taken from you. Something that is inalienable is something that is non-transferable, period. If slavery does not negate the concept of inalienability, I don't know what would.


ETA: I agree that all humans should have certain rights, using morals and ethics as my standard. I do not agree that all humans indeed do have all the rights they should have. What does a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness mean, really, if you can be murdered or enslaved or even killed accidentally or by a force of nature?

I guess I think the time debating what natural rights are and what they should be would be better spent getting enforceable laws passed.

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