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Today: Wed, September 28 2016  -  Last modified: April, 26 2007
13 March 2016
We All Acknowledge Rights
by Skyler J. Collins
 sub-topic» General

To conclude I'd like to make one more point as clear as I can. I am not arguing that a particular conception of rights is universally acknowledged, or that rights exist outside of our mental constructions, or that rights as a mental construction ever enforce themselves naturally. What I am arguing is that to act is to acknowledge that the actor believes in rights in some subjectively conceived way. Nobody who acts can escape this without engaging in performative contradiction (their behavior contradicts their words). It simply can't be done. Every limitation we impose on ourselves or others, or liberty we enjoy or allow others to enjoy, is an acknowledgement of rights. Because that's what rights are: the claim, by word or by action, that some behaviors may be justly limited, and others, liberated.

16 August 2015
The real crisis in Calais
by Liberty
 sub-topic» General

It is hard not to see the dehumanisation of these desperate people as part of a wider, and worrying, trend. The Governmentís plans to scrap our HRA and replace it with a British Bill of Rights, undermining the universality of human rights, is another indicator.

So at home they propose that those in power should decide when and to whom rights protections apply and elsewhere human beings in need are treated like animals, to be contained, controlled and forgotten about.

We will not be part of this ugly ideology, devoid of empathy and basic humanity. We all deserve safe haven, and in Britain, we have a duty to provide it.

22 June 2015
Looking Back at Magna Carta
by Sheldon Richman
 sub-topic» General

All further opposition, therefore, became impracticable. At Runnemede, a large meadow between Windsor and Staines; a place which has been rendered immortal in the page of the historian and in the song of the poet; was held that famous conference, when the barons presented, in writing, the articles of agreement upon which they insisted; and the king gave an explicit consent to their demands. The articles were then reduced into the form of a charter; to which the king affixed his great seal; and which, though it was of the same nature with the charters obtained from the preceding monarchs, yet, as it was obtained with difficulties which created more attention, and as it is extended to a greater variety of particulars, has been called, by way of distinction, the great charter of our liberties.

16 May 2015
We are ready. And you know that we are too
by Liberty
 sub-topic» General

In short: we already have a Bill of Rights. It's called the Human Rights Act. Scrapping it will diminish the rights of everyone in the UK, and the most vulnerable will suffer most. It's our Human Rights Act, and we will do everything in our power to save it from repeal.

Thank you for your support. Together we can save our Human Rights Act.

04 April 2015
The Right to Discriminate Against Ellen Pao
by Jacob G. Hornberger
 sub-topic» General

Indeed, how can people in society truly be considered free if theyíre not free to associate with whomever they wish to associate? And doesnít the fundamental right of freedom of association necessarily entail freedom of non-association?

If Jane doesnít approve of Johnís hiring practices, she is free to decline to buy whatever his new business is selling. She also has the right to publicize Johnís hiring practices and to persuade other people to boycott Johnís business.

But Jane has no moral right to force John to hire her or anyone else. Thatís because itís his money and his business, not hers. Private property and individual freedom necessarily entail a right to run oneís business any way one wants