Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Too Many Rights?

An excellent article. To quote:
Modern rights are creations of the Enlightenment. Created by philosophes, rights were perpetuated (often violently) by revolutionaries, Jacobins , and other radicals. Some based them in nature; others, in the god Reason, or yet others, in the state. But they all adhere to a Procrustean universalism. These rights are “natural, imprescriptible, and inalienable” said the revolutionary French National Assembly in 1789.

These ‘rights’, always in opposition to long-standing tradition or community custom, require large governmental, if not international, force to institute their authority. For these new rights to exist, they had to supplant the older authority, often with the help of a centralized government to do so. Natural rights eventually replaced ancestral traditions, statute supplanted customary law, and entitlement usurped obligation.

Also from Taki's blog, an account of the confrontation between Fr. Rutler and Mr. Hitchens. Fr. Rutler has once again shown himself to be a true gentleman, as is becoming to the anointed of the Lord. (WARNING: Hitchens is extremely vulgar.) Share

1 comment:

Elisa said...

There was an article about Mr. Hitchens at a recent debate at Georgetown University in the "Washington Post" this weekend.