How Wrong Rights Are

Self-defense is not a right, it is a necessity. For example, Israel does not have a right to self-defense, it has the obligation of it… unless there is something we do not know.

A right is a freedom granted. Any freedom granted can be un-granted. This implies subservience.

When you say, “I have a right to _____, it’s the law! ” you tacitly agree to be ruled and have your rights doled-out to you by the ruler. Real rights do not require anybody’s permission for them to have effect, thereby making any request moot. Nor can they be taken away; although, they can be (and often are) ignored. Our rights can not be enforced by statute, only our liberties can. We are ultimately responsible for the claims we make, but we can only hold them passively.

Our voice is our only tool, in this sense, until we are threatened – in which case all bets are off.

“It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law.” – Thomas Hobbes

For example, the right to water is a necessity, no water can be denied us if we are in need, otherwise we will surely die. Nobody can rightly force us to our death. Access to clean drinking water, on the other hand, is not a right, it is a convenience. The value added is what we cannot claim. The problem arises when there is no alternative source.

All rulers are oligarchic by nature; and sometimes their oligarchy is limited to one person, which makes it a tyranny. Either way, it can only be pleasant for them. Their claim to rights is vastly greater than is ours, but theirs is a legal construct; ours is merely a manifestation of our will.

With absolute power DOES NOT come absolute responsibility, but absolute discretion.

“For the fate of Charles the First hath only made kings more subtle—not more just.” – Thomas Paine