The Mislaid Rights of Man: How We Forfeit Our Own Rights—and Those of Others

The Mislaid Rights of Man: How We Forfeit Our Own Rights—and Those of Others

A not inconsiderable flaw of modern Western civilization is that it has never fully absorbed Article IV of France’s 1789 Declaration of Rights of Man and the Citizen, that we all have the same natural rights, and that our rights end where others’ begin. Too often we neither acknowledge nor observe these rights, even though they are a cornerstone of democratic life, insofar as they are “inalienable” and can’t be written out of existence by legislation.

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