What’s Wrong About Rights

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Nicholas Farrell writes at Taki’s Magazine:

One of the reasons the West is in such deep trouble is that it has allowed “rights” to kill off what’s “right,” as in “that which is right.”

Rights are used to justify a whole series of wrongs, from the declaration of unwise or unjust wars to the condemnation of smokers to a life on the streets.

Rights do not merely kill other people’s liberty; they kill other people.

Rights conflict all the time. Some are more sacred than others, so someone must decide which are more sacred. The case of the Duchess of Cambridge’s topless photographs illustrates this. She has the right to privacy and the press to freedom of expression. Whose right wins?

Your right to this, that, or the other has become sacred, regardless of whether it is right and quite often when it is plain wrong, and regardless of the cost and damage to me.

But the dominant view in the West that rights—nowadays known as “human rights”—are each human being’s inherent, universal, and inviolable private property, is nonsense.

Read more here.

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  • Liam_McGonagle

    Those conflicts are problems only if you acknowledge them.  Otherwise they’re just evidence of everyone else’s perversity.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Those conflicts are problems only if you acknowledge them.  Otherwise they’re just evidence of everyone else’s perversity.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eric.fischer.73 Eric Fischer

    If Disinfo is going to dabble in Takimag territory, you should really start with this…
    http://takimag.com/article/anniversary_of_a_defenestration_john_derbyshire/print#axzz283AlxWPh
    and ESPECIALLY THIS http://takimag.com/article/why_democrats_lost_the_redneck_vote_scott_locklin/print#axzz283AlxWPh

  • I_abide

    So if right is wrong and right is right then isn’t right wrong and wrong right?  

    Aside from my stupidity maybe everyone should just be willing to allow everyone else a base level of common courtesy and I can stop hoping that we remove ourselves from existence.

  • I_abide

    So if right is wrong and right is right then isn’t right wrong and wrong right?  

    Aside from my stupidity maybe everyone should just be willing to allow everyone else a base level of common courtesy and I can stop hoping that we remove ourselves from existence.

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    compromise & deference
    the key to civil rights for all

    authoritarian nannies enforcing of “rights”
    the cornerstone of tyranny

  • Jin The Ninja

    fuck you troll. if you’re such a slandering bad-ass why not come off anon and say that in reply to me?