We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, —
These words from the US Declaration of Independence formed the backdrop for my view of human rights and duties.. Based upon “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”, I suggest the following list of “unalienable rights”:
freedom from hunger
access to health care
opportunity to raise their children
The pages of this site explain the above rights and agree with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the nations of the world proclaimed in 1948.
What happens when those rights are in conflict with other rights? Who will adjudicate the conflict? Such questions are the fodder for the Freedom Comments site.
My favorite professor once claimed that “every right begets a duty.” How do we decide where your right to life ends and my right to protect my property or family begins?
Other conflicts requiring adjudication:
Right to employment___vs___Right to profit
Right to shelter_______vs___Landlord rights
Freedom from hunger__vs___Right to protect property
Freedom of literacy____vs___Religious freedom
Freedom from slavery___vs___Rights to Property
Please join us in these pages in our attempt to clarify the human rights debate.